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Injuries in the Workplace

Workplace injury is a significant cause of injury-related morbidity and mortality in Canada. Ten percent of all major injury

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hospitalizations in the ages 15-64 in 2002-03 occurred in a place of work. The majority (37%) of these injuries were caused by unintentional falls or vehicular accidents (26%).[1]

The sex of those injured in workplace events is not listed in the report; however, as discussed above, the sex of patients injured overall in 2002-03 is 72% male [1]

Researchers in the United States demonstrated that males were at higher risk of unintentional falls in the workplace than females [2].

In Canada an average of three people a day die at work, each year,  and almost  one million are injured. April 28th is the Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace.

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Is it sex (biology) or gender (socialization) places males at greater risk than females for injury in the workplace?

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1. CIHI (2005). 2004 Report: Major Injury in Canada, Canadian Institute for Health Information.

2. Angus, D. E. (1998). The Economic Burden of Unintentional Injury in Canada. Kingston, Ontario, SMARTRISK.

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