There are some jobs that are outright dangerous — and some more for women than men. Surprisingly, journalism is among them–and we aren’t talking about investigative journalism, but the industry in general.
According to a new study from the International News Safety Institute and the International Women’s Media Foundation, 64 percent of women in media reported facing abuse, threats and harassment in the workplace. More than half of that came from a boss, supervisor or co-worker, according to the study.
“When we talk about safety for the media, we often think in terms of staying safe in war zones, civil unrest and environmental disasters, but how often do we think of the office as a hostile environment?” said INSI Director Hannah Storm in a press release.
Conducted between July and November of this year, the study included 875 women from around the world, with about 21 percent from North America, 19 percent from Europe and 28 percent from Asia-Pacific. More than 41 percent of respondents were between 25 and 34 years old and more than 82 percent worked as reporters.
More than 45 percent reported that they had been sexually harassed by colleagues, and more than 28 percent by their bosses.
Of course, there are jobs that are fatally dangerous. “The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries shows that there were a total of 4,383 fatal injuries on the job in the U.S. in 2012, down from 4,693 in 2011,” reports Forbes.
Ninety-two percent of all on-the-job fatalities were among men. The figures reflect the disproportionate number of men in dangerous industries like construction and mining. “Still, women face their own dangers. About 20 percent of the women who died on the job were involved in roadway incidents, while more than a quarter (29 percent) were victims of homicides, compared with only 9 percent for male homicides,” reports Forbes. This is due to the concentration of women in workplaces like food and beverage stores, where a majority of deaths are homicides.
Workplaces overall, however, have gotten safer. The rate of fatal work injury for U.S. workers in 2012 dropped to 3.2 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers, from 3.5 in 2011.
The most dangerous profession in America is logging. Workers in this industry lost their lives at a rate of 127.8 per 100,000 full-time workers. Fishermen and fisherwomen now have the second deadliest job in America, previously the deadliest. Coming in third: airplane pilots, who like loggers are menaced by the threat of malfunctioning machinery and falling heavy objects. Seventy-one aircraft pilots and flight engineers were killed on the job in 2012, which is nearly 53.4 per 100,000 full-time workers.
According to the report, 41 percent of all fatal workplace injuries happened in transportation incidents, like car accidents, overturned vehicles and plane crashes, most involving motorized land vehicles.
“The second-highest cause of worker fatalities was assaults and violent acts, which accounted for 18 percent of deaths,” reports Forbes.
Of all workplace injuries, slips, falls and trips killed 668 workers in 2012 or about 15 percent. A total of 509 workers died after being struck by equipment or objects while at work.
Be careful out there!
[via The Poyner Organization]