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Fri 2nd November 2012

Gender Obfuscation in Workplace Deaths

Filed under: Gender Politics,General,Men's Health — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 9:43 am

FYI, I sent the following to Francios Barton, Ministry of Innovation, Business and Employment concerning a news article today:

I sent the following to journalist Natalie Akoorie regarding her NZ Herald article on a construction work safety campaign. The article suggests that the use of the word ‘people’ in referring to workplace deaths and injuries may have come from you. As a representative of community group ‘The Ministry of Men’s Affairs’ I urge you to start being honest about the true gender nature of this issue.

“While your article was commendable for raising awareness of workplace risk, your use of the word ‘people’ in refering to 100 workplace deaths per year served to hide the true gender nature of the statistic. The fact is that most years 100% of those deaths are suffered by men while female deaths seldom reach even a few percent. For any problem that kills or victimizes mainly women the gender of the victims would be emphasized in any journalist’s story. Why is it then that the male gender’s contribution or suffering is routinely hidden by those same journalists? Instead, media constantly support bitter complaints from feminists portraying it as unjust that women earn on average about 12% less than men across the much safer jobs women do.”

8 Responses to “Gender Obfuscation in Workplace Deaths”

  1. Good one Hans.

    It’s not a gender issue if men mostly suffer is a classic. ACC put out an information sheet also saying that of the 1,000 early employment related deaths, 90% were men as well.

  2. Tom K says:

    Same thing happens in Ireland.
    They even break down other types of absences for work by gender: http://www.hsa.ie/eng/Publications_and_Forms/Publications/Corporate/Summary_of_Workplace_Injury,_Illness_and_Fatality_Statistics_2010-2011.pdf but not the fatality figures are not given, although the industry breakdown gives a good idea:
    http://www.hsa.ie/eng/Statistics/Fatal_Injury/

  3. Hans Laven says:

    Down Under (#3): This man was probably driven to suicide by IRD one way or another. But of course under current suicide repoorting rules we won’t be told about this unless his family go to the media, and even then media are likely to ignore it because, after all, he’s only male.

  4. Down Under says:

    Health and Safety in tall buildings really is becoming an issue.

    http://news.msn.co.nz/nationalnews/8559839/man-killed-in-university-building-fall

  5. Gwahir says:

    I have worked in the construction industry for over 40 years. for the great majority of this time my trade published a newsletter distributed to all registered people. I cannot remember ANY female deaths or injuries. The only female death I recall was (presumably) by gassing when she crawled into a pipe to inspect it (Without testing the air 🙁 )

    Auckland a few years ago from memory?

  6. Down Under says:

    So you’re partner was killed in that work accident the other day. It will be hard for you now, bringing up junior by yourself.

    No, I don’t think so, I have a list of my entitlements here, I should manage ok.

    Oh. Do you know how to cook mashed spuds?

    Mashed spuds – WTF. What are you on?

  7. hornet says:

    Ill give you an example of the type of idiots we have in high places – I attended a tri lateral trade discussion years ago, and I had a european company wanting to establish business down in the south pacific – when I broached the opportunity to see what incentives we could offer them to come here to NZ, and create JOBS, the response was – can they buy more dairy and beef from us??? I said no, they are not even in that industry – but thats as far as the discussion went – unless they could do some contra deal, they were NOT INTERESTED – the company then went on to set up in another country which RECOGNIZED how to GROW an ECONOMY – in this other country, they gave that business a FIVE YEAR tax free status, with the option to increase that for another FIVE years, if the company grew in the first five years – that country understood – EMPLOYING PEOPLE, who then go on to pay taxes and buy locally is GROWING an economy – and more importantly they ATTRACTED that industry to stay and grow.

    We have narrow minded fkwits in high places who do not understand this concept. Rather we pay excessively high $$$ for people to run state owned enterprises – many of which could just about run themselves – Eg – how hard is it to collect money each month supplying phones to everyone.

    Another company I did business with in Europe – EVERYONE was PAID THE SAME – wow, now there’s a thought – this was the NORM – all staff were treated as EQUALS and the company thrived as a result.

    What do I see here in green eyed monster land – Example – Staff hired as MANAGERS in a GOVT company who don’t even know the business – give them BUDGETS – so the less they spend on STAFF and business needs, the more they get as a BONUS – so the company and staff suffer through a lack of resources – I saw this recently where unemployed dairy managers were HIRED to run a FREIGHT company – they were given budgets which they did not want to SPEND – so staff went without the BASICS, health and safety was a shambles, ( thats right folks govt run companies are the worst offenders ) and the managers got huge bonuses at the end of the year because they spent nothing – this is how our GOVT run there own businesses in NZ.

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