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Citation

Hayward G. Accid. Anal. Prev. 2000; 32(3): 329-335.

Affiliation

Consumer Risk Limited, Finchley, London, UK. consumer.safety@btinternet.com

Copyright

(Copyright © 2000, Elsevier Publishing)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

10776847

Abstract

This paper provides a review of a selection of recent papers, most of which derive from presentations given at the 4th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Control or the 6th International Conference on Product Safety Research, both of which took place in Amsterdam in May 1998. What all the accidents studied in these papers have in common is the absence of professional supervision. Everyone immediately involved in the incident--whether as injured party, unintended cause or informal supervisor is an 'amateur'. It is proposed that the term 'domestic and personal accidents' should be used to describe this group of accidents, the study of which has been neglected in comparison to transport and occupational injuries. It is argued that domestic and personal activities are more heterogeneous than ones with an element of professional supervision and are therefore more difficult to prevent. Nevertheless examples are given of where 'horizontal' approaches to analysis and prevention of these accidents have proved possible.

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