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Death Means Business

Death means business.

Continuing this morning’s theme of death, I offer the following statistics on death while at work, from the latest Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, from the Department of Labor:

death means businessIncreased chance of fatal injury on the job if a farmer decides to switch from growing soybeans to growing corn: 500%

Ratio of the number of workers aged 18 or 19 who will intentionally hang, strangle or asphyxiate themselves while at work, compared to the number of workers between the ages of 35 and 44 who will do so: 1 to 29

Number of workers who die annually while installing drywall or insulation: 12

Fraction of people who are shot to death while working wholesale compared to people who are shot to death working retail: 1/11

Number of times more likely a person is to be killed in an accident while working with fossil fuels than a person is to be killed in an accident while working with acid: 6.3

Number of people killed at work per year by bags: 3

Number of people killed at work per year by chairs: 4

Ratio of deaths in gunpowder factories to deaths by bullets from guns, propelled by gunpowder: 1 to 31,672

Ratio of CEOs who die on the job to construction workers who die on the job: 1 to 36

Increased chance of death from injury by animals while working at a casino, compared to while working at a zoo: 500%

One thought on “Death Means Business”

  1. Dave says:

    Peregrin, I am sure you offer these statistics with the right mix of good humour and serious reflection. Just looking at the ratio of CEOs who die on the job as compared to construction workers, to my mind it would behoove construction workers to do all they can to become CEOs.

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