2010: How Scientists And Others Died At Work
    By Enrico Uva | September 16th 2011 08:09 PM | 2 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
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    I majored in chemistry, worked briefly in the food industry and at Fisheries and Oceans. I then obtained a degree in education. Since then I have...

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    To die at work is not the average person's dream. Most workers would not want to leave behind loved ones without financial support and in the process haunt their colleagues with the sight of a sudden heart attack or deadly fall. But the truth is that for some occupations especially, the workplace is not a refuge from fatal accidents or even homicides.

    In 2010, in the United States, 28 scientists and technicians were killed at work, mostly from transportation-related accidents. For the second consecutive year, no scientist was a murder victim at a conference, office or lab. But other occupations were not so lucky. Homicides, mostly shootings, accounted for 11% of fatalities and were the second most common cause of fatal injuries in the workplace.  But to place this in perspective, homicides at work accounted for only about 3% of all murders in the U.S.  Highway accidents and transportation-related incidents were behind 39% of all occupational deaths, more than any other cause.

    Women are far less likely to die at work from such causes. Even though the fairer gender accounted for 44% of all labor hours, they were only involved in 8% of the 4547 fatal injuries in 2010.  This could be due to better self-preservation instincts and to the fact that they are less likely to be operating vehicles on the job. The most fatal accident-prone age group involved seniors aged 65 and over. Their fatal injury rate of 11.5 per 100 000 was more than triple that of the average rate for all workers.

    As expected, white collar trades were the safest. Not one had a rate exceeding 5 per 100 000. The most injury prone workers were involved in agriculture, fishing and hunting with a rate of 26.8. Mining and transportation industries had the next highest rates.


    Bureau of Labor Statistics


    Gerhard Adam
    Don't know how I missed this article before.  Thank you for making a cogent argument that hopefully will help convince my wife that I shouldn't have to go to work.
    Mundus vult decipi
    Thank you for making a cogent argument that hopefully will help convince my wife that I shouldn't have to go to work.
    Don't know how I missed this article before.
    Well, there are only so many waking hours, and it must have gotten avalanched by all the other stuff I write!