19 Apr '11, 11pm

Fossil fuel industries kill and injure an awful lot of their workers

Fossil fuel industries kill and injure an awful lot of their workers

Nice assembly of statistics. Having worked in the oil & gas extraction sector, I am all too aware that the work is challenging and can be dangerous. The analysis could be improved by normalizing the data according to the amount of energy produced (say KWhr or BTU) and presenting the statistics in that format. Secondly, please present the data in decade format instead of rolling it all into a bucket that starts in 1968. It would be nice if the comparison included workplace injuries and fatalities related to other types of energy production and use. In the electrical energy sector, the analysis should include fatalities associated with the construction and operation of hydro dams as well as nuclear facilities. Similarly, if pipeline safety is on the table, there really should be a presentation of injuries and fatalities associated with incidents associated with power lines. ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/fossil-fuels/2011-04-19-fossil-fuel-...

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