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Head Shaking Facts About Death & Injuries

Think You Understand the World Around You?  Facts About Death That Make You Question Your Reality

Most adults get to a point in their lives where they may not feel like they are masters of their universe, but they do feel like they understand the world around them.  And then something comes along that shakes their concept of reality.  Here are a facts about death and injuries in our

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Facts About Death that will Surprise You

everyday lives that might surprise you so much that you might start to question your perception of the world.  Think you understand the events around you?  Reading these statistics about death and injuries may change your mind and will definitely surprise you.

Facts about Death & Injuries

  • In terms of dying on the job, being a farmer or trucker is riskier than being a police officer.
  • For every patient in a hospital bed, there are 6 hospital employees.
  • You are more likely to die choking on a steak than from the carcinogens produced to cook it.
  • Modern life is a great deal less risky than life in the 1930′s – the rate of deaths from accidents are 1/3 of those during the depression decade.
  • You are seven times more likely to be killed by a plane falling on you than by dying of rabies
  • Police officers have more accidents per mile driven than average drivers.
  • The number and severity of cases of respiratory illnesses is affected more by the number of children in a home than the second hand smoke.
  • The risk of dying from an asbestos related cancer is the same as dying from cancer caused by drinking water.
  • The infamous Love Canal environmental scandal had no discernable impact in incidents of cancer for local residents.
  • More than double the research dollars are spent spent on breast cancer than heart disease: more deaths are caused by heart disease.
  • Children riding school buses are more likely to be run over by the bus than passing motorists.
  • You are 50% more likely to have a heart attack on Monday than on any other day of the week.
  • The young are more likely to die in the summer, the old are more likely to die in the winter.
  • You are 3x more likely to have a fatal injury off the job than at work.  You are 2x as likely to have a disabling injury off the job than at work.
  • The rate of medication caused deaths in hospital patients is 1 in 10,000.
  • The odds of dying this year from exposure to the cold is 1 in 300,000.
  • A woman is 15% more likely than a man to be ill.  She will go to a doctor 50% more often and to the dentist 30% more often.
  • Poverty kills: the bottome 10% of income earners will die 10 years sooner than someone with an income in the top 10%.
  • The second most common cause of death on the job is an assault from a coworker or client – a 17% chance its homicide.
  • A taxi driver is 2 to 3 times more likelyl to be murdered on the job than a police officer.


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