Fatal electrocution by a support metal wire

B. Suresh Kumar Shetty, Tanuj Kanchan, Mahabalesh Shetty, Ramadas Naik, Ritesh G. Menezes, K. S.Muhammed Sameer, Faisal Hasan

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Electrocution is not an uncommon cause of death. A case of fatal electrocution by a metal wire that was used as a support for the insulated television cable wire is reported. Electric current flowed through the metal wire when it touched the residential power line. Electrical injury caused because of contact with the live metal wire is described with histopathological findings. This case reports the circumstances that led to accidental fatal electrocution in an outdoor setting during the rainy season. Significance of death scene investigation to confirm the cause and manner of death in cases of fatal electrocution is highlighted. Public awareness programs to lay emphasis on electrical safety in domestic environment need to be introduced to prevent fatalities resulting from ignorance and/or negligence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)830-831
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01-05-2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Genetics


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