Men are known to avoid doctors, which for decades has been listed as one of the reasons that women live longer. Now it seems that men also tend to live riskier lives, straying from workplace safety at higher rates. In an international study published by the National Institutes of Health, men are more likely to ignore safety protocols, leading to higher rates of on-the-job accidents and fatalities.
The study, led by Mary Stergiou-Kita, considered places of work by industry and recognized that men do tend to be overrepresented in higher-risk jobs. This alone tends to increase the rates at which men suffer workplace injuries. Accounting for this variable allowed researchers to develop an adjusted calculation to put injury rates into perspective.
The study found that men outnumber women in industries like mining, commercial fishing, construction, fire-fighting, farming, and protective services. Women tend to outnumber men in healthcare and social fields.
The team found that between 92 and 97 percent of workplace fatalities in Canada, the U.S., and Australia involved men. True to the long-held notion, the researchers found that men are more reluctant to seek medical treatment. They concluded that this accounts for a large degree of fatalities related to workplace accidents.
Macho Attitudes and Workplace Safety
The term macho originates in Latin-American countries and refers to an attitude of bravado. This attitude appears all over the world, especially in male dominated workplaces.
The team learned that fears of a ‘sissy’ label impact whether men seek treatment for workplace injuries. Some men also develop a ‘give ‘em hell’ attitude. This view perpetuates a tendency to break rules, ignore authority, and use force to accomplish tasks. The team found that this attitude leads to a stronger tendency to ignore safety rules and regulations.
Finally, the team discovered that themes of heroism and celebrations of physical prowess tend to permeate male-dominated industries. These themes—associated with manhood and masculinity—are both acceptable and normal in such workplaces. Such normalization of risk creates institutionalized hazards.
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