Who gets injured and when: A look at the stats

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Nowadays, all businesses are equal opportunity employers and ideally jobs are given out based on the merit, skill and knowledge of the applicant. But does that mean that injuries are also equal opportunity? Check out the statistics below to see who is most likely to get injured and when.

Falling accounted for 30.4 percent and 40.8 percent of external injuries for men and women respectively. Falling accounted for 30.4 percent and 40.8 percent of externally caused injuries for men and women respectively.

Gender gap
According to the National Safety Council’s 2015 fact sheet, men and women do not get injured at the same rates nor by the same events. Using data taken from the National Health Interview Survey, the council reported that the leading external cause of injury – that is to say, an unintentional injury – for both genders is falling accidents, yet women tend to be injured by falling more often than men. Whereas 30.4 percent of men’s externally caused injuries were caused by falling, women said that 40.8 percent of their medically reported injuries were caused by a fall.

Men, however, were more likely to be injured by cutting and piercing equipment – 10.6 percent – compared to women – 6.5 percent.

The next important piece of information to consider is where the injuries occur. According to information gathered during the same survey, females were more likely to be injured while driving compared with men. In 2012, women experienced nearly twice as many injuries while driving as did men. On the other hand, men were more likely to be injured while working at a paying job than women. Both genders received about the same number of injuries while performing yard work or similar, non-paying activities. Men also received more injuries while playing sports.

So what does this mean for making working environments safer? Because both genders experience injuries on the job and both have high rates of falling accidents, it is vital that employers spend more time and resources on keeping their employees safe from harm. At the same time, the employees must also work in tandem with their employers to follow local and federal safety laws and regulations. Safety training should be regular and mandatory, the proper equipment, such as slip-resistant shoes, should be worn at all times, and all injuries should be properly documented and reported.

Other factors
Across the globe, socioeconomic factors also have their part to play in injury rates. Two studies, one conducted by researchers from the National Academy of Agricultural Science in Korea and the other conducted by researchers from the Agency of Public Health in Spain both found that people with lower economic statuses experienced higher rates of injuries. Here in America, the same can be said. According to the NSC, families living below the poverty line experienced much higher numbers of injuries than those who were living near the poverty line or those living well above it.

“Higher levels of education were associated with faster trauma recovery.”

NPR reported that people with higher levels of education recover from brain trauma faster than uneducated people. It may seem odd, but researchers from John Hopkins university told NPR that people with high levels of education are seven times more likely to have no noticeable disabilities one year after experiencing brain trauma compared to people with only high school educations.

As the current research stands, injuries, especially those caused by slips and falls, appear to affect everyone, no matter their gender, age or economic status. The location where injuries occur depends somewhat upon gender, and the rate of recovery is affected in some ways by education. Nevertheless, it is clear that by working together, governments, employers and crews can do more to make working environments safer.

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