Death by Numbers
January 19, 2004
Death by Numbers
Forestry's dangers add up to a lot of pain--and big bucks
- Deaths of Canadians on UN peacekeeping missions since 1950:
- Deaths of Canadian police and peace officers during the past 10 years:
- Deaths in B.C.'s forestry industry during the past 10 years:
- Serious injuries in B.C.'s forestry industry during the past 10 years:
- TOP THREE SERIOUS INJURIES OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS:
major fractures (spine, skull, pelvis, etc.) 80%
multiple fractures 5%
- Five-year increase in serious injury rate:23%
- Five-year increase in fatality rate:30%
- Five-year cost of serious injury and death claims: $66 MILLION
[Source: Workers' Compensation Board of B.C., Canadian UN Mission and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police]
See also associated article:
January 19, 2004
Logging is dangerous work
SOMETIMES, when things go horribly wrong in the forests of British Columbia, you don't die. Sometimes, mercifully, you don't even feel the pain. It was like that for Roger Harris, who nearly sliced off his right hand when his chainsaw kicked out of a cedar he was falling on the Queen Charlotte Islands. "Thump a finger on the desk," he says. "That's what it felt like." Just a bump, and his hand was hanging off his wrist. His partner collapsed in a dead faint at the sight of it. Harris suspected then that he was about to die,....
In more comprehensive terms:
|Toronto Men's Health Network
Men's Health Awareness Week Encourages Men to 'See their Doctor'
In Canada, as in several other countries, men and boys experience significantly higher rates of premature death in comparison to their female counterparts. According to Statistics Canada, men are dying at higher rates in 14 of the top 15 major causes of death categories.
In comparison to women, men are:
- 39% more likely to die from diabetes
- 55% more likely to die from cancer
- 64% more likely to die from pneumonia and flu
- 78% more likely to die from heart disease
- 80% more likely to die from kidney disorders
- Twice as likely to die from lung diseases
- Twice as likely to die from accidents
- Four times more likely to die from suicide
- Seven times more likely to die from HIV/AIDS *
Work place accidents are also a major killer of men. Statistics show that 98% of employees in the ten most dangerous professions are men and that 94% of those dying in the workplace are also men.
* According to the figures I have on that for 1996, men were then 11 time more likely than women to die of HIV/AIDS, and in 1992 the ratio was 19.4 men for every woman that died of HIV/AIDS. —WHS
It is curious that the Toronto Men's Health Network included that HIV/AIDS figure, as the vast majority of HIV/AIDS deaths occurs amongst homosexual men and IV drug users. But then only men have the capability to be men that have sex with men.
One in two homosexual men becomes infected with HIV/AIDS. Still, the number of HIV/AIDS-related deaths is not all that large: Men 1,288, Women 70 (1992 Canadian figures;
See also Canadian HIV/AIDS death rates.
A total of 3,681 people died of suicide in 1997 in Canada (eighty percent of those were men and boys). In contrast, 626 people died of HIV/AIDS in 1997 in Canada.
The first text box on this page identifies the "Five-year cost of serious injury and death claims: $66 MILLION". In contrast, the cost of providing health care to the 626 HIV/AIDS fatalities from the time they were diagnosed with AIDS until they passed away will have been a total of $94 million (that is an average of $150,000 per case, and that does not include the cost of providing health care to those HIV/AIDS patients that are still living, as per the Vancouver AIDS Project).
The funding for HIV/AIDS research is enormously more per casualty than for any other health issue. For instance, virtually no public funding goes into research on the causes of suicide.
What makes HIV/AIDS victims so much more valuable than male suicide victims? Successful propaganda, I guess.
MEN AND DANGEROUS WORK
by James Novak
Do men do dangerous work? We know this just from reading the daily paper. But for a more studied approach, the answer can be found in the research of J. Paul Leigh of San Jose University in his study
called, "Job-Related Deaths In 347 Occupations."
Of the top 15 dangerous blue collar jobs, in order of risk, all are areas dominated by men. These include jobs such as timber cutters, asbestos workers, garbage collectors, truck drivers, miners, roofers, structural metal workers, etc. One would think that this would not be true of white collar jobs! Wrong! Of the top dangerous white collar jobs, in order of risk, 13 out of 15 are male dominated. These are jobs such as airline pilots, coaches, geologists, engineers, retail sales managers, etc. It appears that men do the dangerous work in our society; for this they get paid more. For this they get the status of money which society demands of them in their sexual role as men.
The National Coalition for Free Men has just published a study written by Ian Wilson
called, " The Crisis in Men's Health." He reported that " Ninety-eight percent of all the employees in the ten most dangerous professions are men and 94% of all those who die in the workplace are men."
The Wisconsin Workman's Compensation Office has statistics which they do not publish but which are available upon request. In Wisconsin in 1984, 74% of all work related illnesses occurred in men while only 26% happened to women. This is in spite of the fact that documentation shows that men fail to ask for or get medical care in our society even when they need it. Men just will not ask for help, another culturally taught trait! Men are 12 times more likely to become a job fatality. As regards partial disablement due to work related accidents, men represent 80% of the total; and men are 14 times as likely as women to sustain permanent disablement that is job related. Work is a dangerous place for men; in fact work is a dangerous condition of male life....(Full
More on men and dangerous work:
Fatal Job Injuries (USA) by sex; 1992 - 2001
The 1989 Montreal Massacre in the context of menís sacrifices, 2008
12 07, by Professor Jeffrey Asher.
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