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Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology
Year : 2018, Volume : 35, Issue : 2
First page : ( 61) Last page : ( 64)
Print ISSN : 0971-1929. Online ISSN : 0974-4568.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-4568.2018.00031.5

Confined space pulse grain entrapment & engulfment: A series of two fatal asphyxiations

Jatin Bodwal1, Mohit Chauhan2,*, Behera Chittaranjan3

1M.B.B.S., M.D. (Specialist) Department of Forensic Medicine, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, Hari Nagar, New Delhi-110064, India

2M.B.B.S., M.D., D.H.M. (Assistant Professor) Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Shree Guru Gobind Singh Tricentenary University, Chandu Budhera, Gurugram, Haryana, India

3M.B.B.S., M.D. (Associate Professor) Department of Forensic Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

*Corresponding Author: Dr Mohit Chauhan, M.B.B.S., M.D., D.H.M., Assistant Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Shree Guru Gobind Singh Tricentenary University, Chandu Budhera, Gurugram, Haryana, India Email: maahi474@gmail.com

Online published on 4 December, 2018.

Abstract

Choking and traumatic asphyxiation as sub types of asphyxia causing fatality in two workers is presented. Different varieties of pulse grains were implicated in separate events of entrapment and engulfment in confined food pulse processing agricultural settings. Authors claim this as first case series describing pulse grain processing related occupational deaths. Death circumstances and autopsy findings are discussed along with review of literature.

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Keywords

Confined space fatalities, grain/pulse silos, entrapment/engulfment, asphyxia.

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