Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do. : Oscar Wilde

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Stayin' Alive

Very few of the people choosing career paths consider the dangers to which they will be exposed, I imagine. Perhaps we should. Here's part of the executive summary from the Centre for Living Standard's report, Five Deaths a Day: Workplace Fatalities in Canada, 1993-2005.

"The most dangerous industry in which to work over the 1996-2005 period was mining, quarrying and oil wells (49.9 per 100,000 workers or one out of 2,000); followed by logging and forestry (42.9 per 100,000 per workers or one out of 2,300); fishing and trapping (35.6 fatalities per 100,000 workers or one out of every 2,800 workers), agriculture (28.1 fatalities per 100,000 workers or one out every 3,600 workers and construction (20.6 per 100,000 workers or one out of 4,900). Finance and insurance was the least dangerous industry, with only 0.2 fatalities per 100,000 workers or one death for every 500,000 workers."

These are all annual averages; for instance, on average 49.9 workers out of every 100,000 employed in mining, quarrying and oil wells died at work every year between 1996 and 2005. It's also worth remembering that death might be considered just the most extreme result of something that has occurred in the workplace.


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