|dc.description.abstract||The sudden and unexpected nature of a fatal work incident can leave family members with a strong need to know exactly how and why their loved one died. The extent to which they are able to obtain and are satisfied with the information they receive is unclear. Investigative processes following the incident have the potential to further enhance or impair satisfaction with the account of the death. The coronial inquest may provide information to family members, although few work fatalities proceed to an inquest and little is known about families’ experiences of these proceedings.
This research explored: (1) the extent to which family members are able to obtain a satisfactory account of how and why their loved one died, (2) the factors affecting satisfaction with the account of the death, and (3) the ways that attending a coronial inquest may enhance or impair satisfaction with the account of the death. A mixed-methods approach was used based on a family survey (n = 91), interviews with consenting survey participants (n = 40), and an analysis of their loved ones’ coronial reports (n = 9).
Findings indicated a significant proportion of family members reported dissatisfaction with their account of how and why their loved one died. Participants who attended an inquest reported significantly higher satisfaction with their account of why their loved one died (p = 0.028). The inquest was particularly valuable for family members who were not the next of kin or those who encountered legal barriers which restricted access to information. Key issues raised by participants that require consideration by coroners include: greater consideration of holding inquests into fatal work incidents, reviewing the conduct of work fatality inquests in Australia, and clustering similar cases to increase the likelihood of identifying underlying causal factors, which can potentially improve investigation rigour and enhance families’ satisfaction with the account of the death.||en_AU|
|dc.publisher||University of Sydney||en_AU|
|dc.publisher||Faculty of Health Sciences||en_AU|
|dc.rights||The author retains copyright of this thesis. It may only be used for the purposes of research and study. It must not be used for any other purposes and may not be transmitted or shared with others without prior permission.||en_AU|
|dc.title||Families' satisfaction with information from the coroners' courts about fatal work incidents: How and why did my loved one die?||en_AU|
|dc.type.pubtype||Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D.||en_AU|
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