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Medicina y Seguridad del Trabajo

On-line version ISSN 1989-7790Print version ISSN 0465-546X


DIAZ RUIZ, Sebastián; GARCIA-AGUA SOLER, Nuria; MARTINEZ SOCIAS, Francisco  and  RAMOS CAMPOY, Eduardo. Labor accidents in the province of Malaga: Participation of the ethyl alcohol and the drugs of abuse. Med. segur. trab. [online]. 2011, vol.57, n.224, pp.242-255. ISSN 1989-7790.

This work corresponds to a descriptive observational study of work accidents occurred in the province of Malaga between October 2003 and December 2006, resulting in death and which were autopsied in the Institute of Legal Medicine of Malaga. We have analyzed all those circumstantial variables that, in one way or another, play a role in the pathogenesis of these lesions, emphasizing in the participation of ethyl alcohol and drug abuse. We described 17 cases positive to ethylic alcohol, cannabis or cocaine and the absence of safety measures in the worker. All this with the purpose of establishing a few behavior guidelines which as far as possible, may help to anticipate, and even to diminish the number of this type of accidents that, unfortunately, in full 21st century are still very high.

Keywords : Fatal labor accidents; ethyl alcohol; drug abuse; occupational health; autopsy.

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