When Jobs Become Fatal
There’s a gender factor in occupational hazards: I found it curious that Joe Eskenazi’s article [“The Dead Pool,” Sucka Free City, 6/22] saw fit to omit the most salient, indeed, shocking statistic from his source document [U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, 2011], namely that a whopping 4,216 men died in the workplace in 2009 compared to only 335 women. If 93 percent (or even 60 percent) of workplace deaths that occurred were women, I suspect Eskenazi would have told readers about it.
At the National Coalition for Men, we feel that the hugely disparate impact on men of workplace fatalities should be better publicized. Government resources should be devoted to saving working men’s lives, as they are already (properly) being spent in numerous areas to promote women’s health. Men often feel that to prove their value and to be loved, they must take on the riskiest work. All too often, they die as a result, and the effects ripple throughout society of losing our husbands, brothers, fathers, grandfathers, sons, friends, and co-workers.