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Med Lav. 1999 Jul-Aug;90(4):584-95.

[Work accidents in Brazil. A study in São Paulo state, Brazil, the Botucatu region, using the causal tree method].

[Article in Italian]

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Dipartimento di Sanità Pubblica, Facoltà di Medicina di Botucatu, Università dello Stato di San Paulo, Brasile.


This paper discusses, within the prevailing Brazilian situation, the possibility of applying "causal tree" (CT) method in investigating occupational accidents by safety personnel in the public health services and workers' unions. The method was developed during the seventies in France, for use by plant safety personnel. The authors used this method in Botucatu, state of São Paulo, Brazil, in order to investigate 40 serious occupational accidents that occurred in industrial plants during the second half of 1993, that had been registered by social security. In these cases, the predominance of situations in which the lack of safety measures were identified by inspection indicates that in most instances, the use of CT is unnecessary. However, the authors discuss its use by safety personnel from the public health services and workers' unions to investigate certain accidents to contribute to the knowledge base and help overcome the cultural based guilt which, in Brazil, has turned the victim into the person responsible for the accident.

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