After interrogating the list of names and removing the members of the public (who shouldn't be in the list - obviously the beancounters at the HSE cannot sort their tables out) you are left with a list of 128, and only two (Zydre and Linda) are women. That's right folks, of the 128 people listed who died at work in 2012/13, 126 of the 128 were men.
There a number of wide ranging issues exposing the sexism and bias that men face daily in Britain.
As discussed before, despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of victims were men, the Health and Safety Executive chose not to highlight that in their statistics or press release. They do not even acknowledge it anywhere at all. If the figures were the other way round, they would. So why do they choose do that? Is it because they don't think men matter? Where is their equality impact assessment?Where is their diversity manager talking about it in the media? They chose not to so a clear case of discrimination by omission and institutional sexism.
Secondly, again there is silence from the political elite on the matter. Not just on the subject itself but also the number of men dying. Nothing from the Equalities Commission and nothing from the laughably named government equalities department.
Thirdly, and mentioned earlier this week, this is why there is a gender gap because of the danger premium associated with some of the work that men undertake. Labour, TUC, Fawcett etc want equal pay but where are their campaigns encouraging women to undertake this type of work?
Plus where are the prosecutions, the campaigns aimed at employers?
It shows that men who die at work are not of interest to those claim to believe in equality because they do not fit the 'only women matter' world of equality and diversity we live in - while men are dying at work. Collateral damage and the second sex.
Posted by Skimmington