Inquests are held into deaths from a violent or unusual cause, which would include all work-related fatalities. Also included are deaths from an industrial disease that is recorded as a cause or contributing factor.

This topic discusses what happens in the immediate aftermath of a work-related death.

In Practice


An inquest is always held whenever a person dies in either a violent or an unnatural manner. By definition, therefore, any workplace accident which results in a fatality or fatalities will be followed by an inquest. This also applies to any death where an industrial disease is recorded either as a cause or a contributing factor.

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