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In case you were ever wondering what are the MOST common or least important causes of death by race and other groups, this is a summary of various death and death rate statistics. You may note the added focus on Asians, who as a group have lower death rates for nearly all causes. Lower death rates have also been noted for Hispanics as a "health anomaly" since common wisdom is that Whites always have the best, and Blacks the worst outcomes in everything due to Racism(tm), but actually Asian rates are the lowest. This explains the highest life expectancy of any race / national category worldwide. The author believes that true understanding of world problems requires going beyond the common wisdom "White/Black/Racism/Class Explanation of Everything(TM)"

This also highlights some notable causes of death which might be overblown (such as peanut allergies) or not, but puts them in perspective.

Some death rate ratios for states:
-2.0 means two times worse
 2.0 means 2 times better.
W=white B=black H=Hispanic A=Asian O=Other:

California 1993      W1.0 B-1.08  H1.2 A3.1  O3.1
Massachusetts 1994   W1.0 B-1.56  H3.9 A4.8  O4.3



@@Rank "Death Spectrum" Annual US Deaths Due to Various causes Compiled by Arthur Hu --------------------------------------------------- Number User Rate Non-USSR/Japan Nuclear Power 0 Chernobyl/Fukushima 2 see nuclear power Acc. Chlorpyrifos poison 0 Disneyland 0.2x Latex gloves 0.3 Global wind power 0.5 Shark Attack 1 Bean Bag Chair suffocation 1 Acetaminophen child 1 Baby walker 1 Amusement Park 1-2 260M 1 in 260M Baby playpens 1.5 Newspaper boy 2 WSJ 7/2002 Stage Diving (concert) 1997 2 Car Trunk child 89-99 avg 2 Soda Machine Toppling 2 Furniture tipover under5 yrs 3 Flammable sleepwear 2-3 Fireworks 1999 4 Newsweek 8/13/2001 HS College football play heat 4 Gyrocopters 1996-2001 4 Bunk Beds 5 Hawaii Helicopters 5 Charter Bus 6 Old Seattle I90 bridge 7 Bath seat drownings 8 1 per 100,000 seats Roller Skates 10 27M 1 in 2.7 million Children 2-6 in Car Trunk 98 11 1 in 160,000 Window blind cords 13 Coal Mines 2001 14 Airbag Children 15 Amtrak passenger/crew 15 1 in 4.2 million Elderly Bed Rails 85-99 16 Drawstring hoods 1995 17 Snowmobile avalanche 01-02 18 Newsweek Apr 15 02 p8 Children household poisons 20 Dog Bites 20 1 in 12 million Killed by guns in school 86-9 23 Portable pool drowning 23 link Avalanche 20-25 Mud/Landslide 25-50 ---#1 natural disaster?---------- Playground 25 Skydiving 30 Alaskan Fishermen 30 Skiing deaths 34 1 in 10 million Boating WA 94 36 15 passenger vans 90-02 40 Hurricane 1940-81 47 Construction Crane 50 1 in 1000 operators Bee Wasp stings 50 Personal Watercraft 54 Killed School Bus 86-9 58 1999 Bus deaths 58 Lightning '95 89 Chickenpox 90 Needle Sticks 100 Fire Ants 100 '99 child in adult car belt 105 Flood 40-81 109 Candles 126 Tornado 40-81 128 Police Officers 2000 151 Lightning 40-81 188 Airline 200 Car Deer Collisions 211 Campylobacter(chicken) 200-1000 IllImm Mex-US Border '97 300 Bicycle Under 14 300 Childbirth 302 CJD brain disease 300-400 Heat related illness 318 Newsweek 8/13/01 Struck by trains 1999 530 CO Poisoning 594 General Aviation 600 Children under 4 cars 700 Recreational Boating 1996 714 Bicycle 1995 800 Railroad 1999 805 Child pedestrian[3] 1,100 Water borne disease 50- 1,200 Agriculture 1,300 CO Poisoning 1,500 Rec Boating 1973 1,754 Car Hit by SUV U Michigan 2,000 Motorcycle 2,500 Car Phone 2002 Harvard 2,500 Subcompact cars NHTSA 2-3,000 EPA Second Hand Smoke 3,000 Fire 4,500 Drowning 4,621 Teen car accidents 5,500 Pedestrian accidents 6,000 Occupational Injuries 6,200 Adverse Drug Reactions 7,000 Food Illness 9,000 Skin Cancers 9,733 Railroad 1917 10,000 Bladder Cancer 11,700 Falls 12,662 Shooting Murder 15,456 Diet related Cancer 16,000 Alchohol Driving 17,126 Influenza 20,000 AIDS 20,000 Radon (EPA high) 20,000 Lukemia 21,000 Suicide 1994[2] (#9) 31,142 Prostate Cancer 40,000 Breast Cancer 44,560 Motor Vehicle 50,000 Lukemia & Related 56,000 Colon Cancer 60,000 Mass Smallpox Vacc 71,250 Unintended Injuries (#5) 87,000 Medical Mistakes 98,000 Alchohol Related 100,000 Adverse Drug Reactions 106,000 JAMA '98 Trauma 125,000 Medical Negligence est 150,000 Lung Cancer 158,700 Diabetes related 169,000 Influenza/pneumonia (#6) 200,000 Obesity (#2?)[1] 300,000 Tobacco related (#1?) 500,000 Cancer (#2) 500,000 Diseases of heart (#1) 733,834 Annual Worldwide Deaths -------------------------------- Hunger under 5 Oxfam 15.0mil #1 Heart Disease 1998 7.4mil 13.7% Hunger under 5 UNICEF 6.6mil #2 Stroke 1998 5.1mil Water Disease 5.0mil #3 Acute Respiratory 1998 3.5mil Malaria 2.7mil Physical inactivity(WHO) 2.0mil #4 AIDS 1998 #1 Infectious 2.3mil Diarrheal diseases WHO 2.2mil #5 Tuberculosis 1998 1.5mil Malaria WHO 1.0mil Natural disasters 10,000? Free Diving 100 [1] Nov 1993 Journal of American Medical Association Actual Causes of Death (a factor, if not actual cause of death, but many say figure is "unreliable") [2] Suicide in the U.S.A.: 1994American Association of Suicidology. [3] Seattle Times Company February 9, 1998 To keep kids from being injured, focus on cars, bikes, skates, walkers by Lisa Pemberton-Butler [4] UNICEF 1997 [5] Candles Kill Many More Than Nuclear Power By P Gosselin on 14. März 2011

Accidental deaths can often be prevented with the help of security camera equipment. The equipment comprises of a camera system and a DVR that records footage.


Wikipedia Car Safety Category

%%Fatality Rate

Since 1966, the fatality rates per 100 million vehicle miles traveled has declined by a factor of five: from about 5 1/2 to just about one. Source: An Analysis of the Significant Decline in Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities in 2008



Extended length 15 full-size passenger vans such as Ford E-series have a troublesome safety record. They are tall because they are built on beefed up suspension systems and are more prone to rollover accidents than normal vehicles so they should be driven with dcare. Source: Seattle Times 11/8/2002 Auto Report ST 500,000 15 passenger vans on the road, 424 killed in rollover accidents since 1990 (35/yr). Most are Ford Econoline/E-series (the most popular) with some Chevrolet/GMC, but no mention of Dodge.

Wikipedia Ford dominated the market for 15 passenger vans once created by Dodge. It was favored by churches, but the high heavy-duty body became notorious for rollover incidents due to the high center of gravity and the weight of 15 adults. For this reason it is recommended that only trained drivers drive these vehicles and that nothing be carried on the roof of such vehicles. In recent years, some insurance carriers have required that the four-passenger seat in the last row be removed, reducing passenger capacity to 11.


\clip\96\04\lesscare.txt Date: Wed, 11 Sep 1996 21:54:09 -0400 From: (NewsHound) Study says U.S. blacks, poor get
less medical care Reuter. Survey of Medicare recipients founds that
black men over 65 had a death rate 19% higher than whites, 16% for
black women compared to whites, blacks were discharged sooner and
less likely to visit a doctor.

\priv\95\01\blakdeat.txt - 31% of difference in black death rates
can't be explained by incomes or health risks.
LIFE Page 1D - February 9, 1990 High death rate among blacks hard to
explain By Tim Friend, USA TODAY 

keywords: Asian.Health.Death.Black
\priv\95\01\blakprem.txt - 80% of premature deaths 15-24 are black
Lifeline - LIFE Page 1D - November 29, 1990 BLACK LIFE EXPECTANCY By
David Landis, USA TODAY     

@@Cancer %%Breast Cancer
Cornell Breast Cancer and Environmental Factors Penn State Breast Cancer Information @@City ]]California Asians have the lowest death rate in California doc938\death1.xls, death2.xls to all causes B1.08 H-1.2 A-3.1 O-3.1 ]]Massachusetts Asians have the lowest death rate in Massachusetts (not age adjusted) \doc\94\18\massdet.wk1 - Mass deaths W1.0(1.04) B-1.56 H-3.85 A-4.80 O-4.17 report ommitted Asians from all detailed statistics except overall death rate ]]Los Angeles doc\94\13\unitedwy.txt United Way report for Los Angeles "Death rates differ widely by race with Asians and Latinos having the lowest death rates for most conditions." @@Drown 23 drownings per year in portable pools in US The research being published Monday in the journal Pediatrics shows 209 deaths (23/yr) and 35 near-drownings of children under 12 from 2001 through 2009. Most of the children, 94 percent, were under 5, and 81 percent of the accidents happened during summer months. Study: Child dies in portable pool every 5 days JoANNE VIVIANO Associated Press June 20, 2011 @@Fire z74\clip\2003\10\firecig.txt Philip Morris Pays $2 Million to Burn Victim New York moves closer to implementing fire-safe cigarette law Parts excerpted from the Los Angeles Times, October 2, 2003 CLEBURNE, Texas smoking materials — primarily cigarettes — are also the nation's biggest cause of fatal fires. Smoldering cigarettes account for about one-quarter of U.S. fire fatalities. These fires also cause about 2,000 injuries and hundreds of millions of dollars in property losses each year. @@Free Diver World's top free diver plunges to death trying to set record. 10/17/2002 Diver Dies While She Tries to Break World Record "Free diving is dangerous, and in some cases deadly sport. There are about 5,000 free divers around the world, and an estimated 100 die each year." @@Inactivity SLOTH IS A DEADLY SIN z74\clip\2003\10\diet.txt May 9th 2003 The Economist Global Agenda The World Health Organisation (WHO) reckons that sheer physical inactivity causes the deaths of about 2m people each year. Gluttony is another: rising consumption of fatty foods has combined with increasingly sedentary lifestyles to cause a global epidemic of obesity. In just five years, between 1995 and 2000, the number of clinically obese people ballooned from 200m to 300m, of whom 115m are reckoned to be suffering from weight- related health problems. @@Job z74\clip\2003\10\mostdang.htm 10/15/2003 The 10 most dangerous jobs Occupation Fatalities per 100,000 Timber cutters 117.8 Fishers 71.1 Pilots and navigators 69.8 Structural metal workers 58.2 Drivers-sales workers 37.9 Roofers 37.0 Electrical power installers 32.5 Farm occupations 28.0 Construction laborers 27.7 Truck drivers 25.0 Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics; survey of occupations with minimum 30 fatalities and 45,000 workers in 2002 highway accidents were the biggest overall killer in 2002, accounting for a quarter of all worker deaths. Falls killed 13%. Men were still, by far, the most likely to be killed on the job. Ninety-two percent of all workplace fatalities were male. Among the 441 women who died on the job, though, the chief cause of death was homicide. @@Nuclear Power %%Chernobyl 30 PEOPLE DIED AT CHERNOBYL Two Chernobyl plant workers died on the night (April 1986) of the accident, and a further 28 people died within a few weeks as a result of acute radiation poisoning. UNSCEAR says that apart from increased thyroid cancers, "there is no evidence of a major public health impact attributable to radiation exposure 20 years after the accident." Note - 25 yrs ago, annualized for all nuclear plants = 1 per yr %%Fukushima Score as of 4/2011 ** my estimate ** - One crane operator at plant 2 from earthquake tepco - Two workers killed in basement from tsunami tepco (Plant not proofed against tsunami) - Six soldiers reported killed at unit 3 explosion in one report, but not confirm by TEPCO - 14 civilians died when evacuated from hospital Total fatalities = 23 Not including those suffering from radiation exposure, none have yet died Note- added to Chernobyl since 1985 would be about 2 per yr if you count the mostly elderly people who died from evacuation. FUKUSHIMA DISASTER FATALITIES ALREADY EQUAL TO CHERNOBYL This interpretation would also put the Japan disaster as equal to the number of short term fatalities as Chernobyl, but it is unknown how many elderly died under similar circumstances in the Soviet Union, if any. Nuclear substances released is already figured as a one-tenth scale version of Chernobyl disaster.
Candles Kill Many More Than Nuclear Power By P Gosselin on 14. März 2011

It turns out that nuclear power is a minor killer when the big picture is examined.

Zero nuclear power plant deaths in the USA
Wind energy has killed more

The Japanese earthquake and nuclear reactor accidents is yet another example of the media’s distorted perception. It turns out that wind power has been a bigger killer than nuclear power in the USA. Here’s what treehugger reported awhile back:

According to one viewpoint of reports offering the comparison between wind versus nuclear energy, there has not been one single injury to a nuclear plant worker in all its 104 power plants and 40 years of service in the United States… not one!

The Wind Turbine Industry on the other hand, has quite a treacherous track record as you can see by the summary below:

Summary of Wind Turbine Incidents (December 2008):
41 worker fatalities - includes falling from turbine towers and transporting turbines on the highway.
39 Incidents of blade failure - failed blades can travel over 400 meters, killing any unfortunate bystanders.
110 Incidents of fire - When a wind turbine fire occurs, local fire departments can do little but watch due to the 30-story height of these turbine units. The falling debris are then carried across the distance and cause new fires.
60 Incidents of structural failure- As turbines become more prevalent, these breakages will become more common in public areas, thereby causing more deaths and dismemberment’s from falling debris.
24 incidents of “hurling ice”- Ice forms on these giant blades and is reportedly hurled at deathly speeds in all directions. Author reports that some 880 ice incidents having occurred over Germany’s 13-years of harnessing wind power.”

Another way to save the planet and to “live safely” is to ride your bicycle. Well it turns out that bike-riding is far deadlier than nuclear power. In the USA in 2008, 716 bicyclists were killed in traffic accidents. About 53,000 bicyclists have died in traffic crashes in the United States since 1932. Compare that to the deaths caused by nuclear power in the United States – or even globally.

Candles kill more than nuclear

Indeed many things are far more dangerous than nuclear power plants, at least they have caused far more deaths and mayhem. Here are some annual death statistics from the USA that cause many more deaths, taken from THIS ARTHURHU.COM WEBSITE and here. Why don’t we ban all of these menacing products?

Nuclear power plants – 0 deaths per year
Candles - 126
Bicycles 1995 - 800
Agriculture - 1,300
Motorcycles – 2,500
Car Phones 2002 - 2,500
Alcohol – 100,000
Tobacco – 500,000

Candles kill 126 – in just a single year and in a single country! Having a reliable supply of electricity would mean less use of candles, and so lives would be saved. As far as I know, all of the above killer items are being sold without protest. Here are some other killers:

Roller skates - 10
Window blind cords – 13
Drawstring hoods – 17
Dog Bites – 20
Skiing deaths – 34

Yes, even the lowly blind cord has killed more than U.S. nuclear power plants have.


Can a Playground Be Too Safe?
When seesaws and tall slides and other perils were disappearing from
New York's playgrounds, Henry Stern drew a line in the sandbox. As
the city's parks commissioner in the 1990s, he issued an edict
concerning the 10-foot-high jungle gym near his childhood home in
northern Manhattan.

@@United States

\doc\94\18\priv\ussafe.txt - deaths by various low causes getting
better Deaths attributed to drunken driving also declined, dropping 2
percent from 1992 and falling to their lowest number since tracking
began. - 
    Air accidents  like the one at Charlotte two weeks ago that killed
    37 people prompt particularly high public concern. The major
    scheduled US airlines did have more accidents in 1993 than the
    year before, up from 16 to 23. But no one died in any of the
    aircraft involved, and the fatal accident rate hit its lowest
    level since 1980. 
    An official with the Consumer Product Safety
    Commission said, for instance, that*child-resistant*packaging was
    responsible for an end to an ''epidemic'' of children's deaths
    from swallowing medicines and household chemicals. In the early
    1960s, about 450 children died each year. Now the number is only
    about 20. 
    Likewise, strict
    federal standards on the flammability of children's  sleepwear has
    driven the number of related children's deaths from 60 in 1972 to
    2 or 3 a year now. There has also been more than a 25 percent drop
    in fatalities related to consumer products in the last two

\doc\95\04\table030.wk1 - death to various diseases. No disease where
Asians > 1.00, male or female


Water related diseases could kill up to 76 million
The Associated Press
The World Health Organization estimated in 2000 that 2.2 million
people die each year from diarrheal diseases alone. Other estimates
that include various water-related diseases put that number higher
than 5 million a year.

  • Wind energy

    Wind energy Wind Energy -- The Breath of Life or the Kiss of Death: Contemporary Wind Mortality Rates by Paul Gipe In the mid-1990s, 14 men had been killed on wind turbines or working with wind energy. Since then six more have died, including the first member of the public, a parachutist who literally flew into a turbine in Germany. Total cumulative generation reached nearly 130 TWh from 1975 through the year 2000. The number of deaths per TWh of cumulative generation steadily dropped through the 1990s. I reported in Wind Energy comes of Age a mortality rate of 0.27 deaths per TWh. However, the mortality rate was higher than I reported then. I had missed several accidents that I learned of later. In the mid-1990s the mortally rate was actually 0.4 per TWh. The worldwide mortality rate dropped more than half to 0.15 deaths per TWh by the end of 2000. One half of the deaths have occurred on or around turbines of the size typically installed during the great California wind boom of the mid-1980s. Still, 7 have been killed working with larger turbines. Tragically, at least 3 people have been killed working with small turbines. These deaths dramatically skew the mortality rate because small turbines account for a minuscule amount of worldwide wind generation. The mortality rate in the USA, where all 13 deaths in North America occurred, is twice that of the international average. As is the mortality rate in the Netherlands. Here is the .xls file he posted: Summary of Deaths in Wind Energy Copyright 2010 by Paul Gipe. All rights reserved. This data is provided as a public service. Please provide full citation. Number of Deaths in Construction (Installation or Removal) 23 Number of Deaths in Operation + maintenance 16 Number of Deaths of the Public 4 Total deaths all causes 43 Annual assuming since 1990, 21 years : 0.5 per year global Number of Deaths Offshore 3 Number of Deaths in Argentina 2 Number of Deaths in Germany 5 Number of Deaths in USA 21 Number of Deaths in Denmark 5 Number of Deaths in the Netherlands 3 Number of Deaths in Canada 2 Number of Deaths in Sweden 1 Number of Deaths in Great Britain 5 44 Age of Youngest Person Killed 3 Age of Oldest Person Killed 52 Median Age of Those Killed 34.5 One female. One member of the public, though not a passerby. One pilot. One child. One documented suicide. Deaths per TWh of Cumulative Generation 0.01 @@World AIDS TOPS TB AS #1 INFECTIOUS DISEASE IN 1999 \doc\web\99\07\aidstop.txt Seattle Times 5/11/99 p. A11 Report: AIDS overtakes TB as deadliest infectious disease WHO report. 4th overall cause worldwide. TB is down, AIDS about the same, 2.28 million worldwide deaths. #1 heart disease 7.38, 13.7%, strokes acute respiratory 5.1m, 3.45 million deaths. Cardiovascular and cancer 43% worldwide in 1998. TB killed 1.5m in 1998, #8. AIDS leading cause of death in Africa 19% of 1998 deaths, most continents heart disease \clip\96\04\worldeat.txt Date: Sun, 15 Sep 1996 15:48:09 -0400 From: (NewsHound) Fatal Germs Being Surpassed by Other Causes of Death By LAURAN NEERGAARD Associated Press Writer Noninfectious disease will account for seven of every 10 deaths in poor countries by 2020, up from fewer than half today. Only in sub-Saharan Africa will germs still kill more people than noninfectious disease. \doc\94\17\worldeat.wk1 - world death rates @@Home Death in the home Falls #1, Poisoning #2 @@Low-risk \priv\95\04\deatrisk.txt - risk of death by low rates @@Obesity If true, these figures would put December 2001 Surgeon General report says 300,000 Americans died from obesity related causes in 2000. WSJ 6/13/2002 "Is Food the Next Tobacco" Shelly Branch. 300,000 according to Nov 1993 Journal of American Medical Association Actual Causes of Death (a factor, if not actual cause of death, but many say figure is "unreliable" @@Railroad Highway Deaths Up Slightly in '99 By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID= Associated Press Writer USA Highway Deaths 1999 ... Railroad deaths totaled 805, down from 831 in 1998. There were 530 people killed when struck by trains _ often trespassers on rail property _ down from 601. ... - There were also 746 people killed while riding bikes, down from 757 in 1998; 755 deaths in medium and heavy trucks, up from 739; 58 bus deaths, up from 38; and 696 people killed on other ways on the roads, up from 641. @@Rank Deaths for 72 Selected Causes, 1993, 1994, and 1995 Worktable 250A lists the number of deaths for NCHS' mortality tabulation list of 72 selected causes of death. \clip\97\24\death.pdf TOP CAUSES OF DEATH 8 Dec 1997 Michael Fumento 1996 data. Diseases of heart 733,834 Malignant neoplasms 544,278 Cerebrovascular diseases 160,431 Chronic obstructive 106,146 pulmonary diseases Accidents and adverse 93,874 effects Pneumonia and influenza 82,579 Diabetes mellitus 61,559 HIV infection 32,655 Suicide 30,862 Chronic liver disease and 25,135 cirrhosis SOURCE: Monthly Vital Statistics Report, Vol. 46, no. 1 (S2), "Births and Deaths: United States, 1996." THEN AND NOW 1900 VS 2000 Newsweek Fall 2001 Health for life Causes of death in US population Percent of all deaths 1900 11.8 Pneumonia 11.3 Tuberculosis 8.3 Diarrhea/enteritis 8.0 Heart disease 6.2 Stroke 1998 30.3 Heart disease 23.0 Cancer 7.0 Stroke 5.2 Respiratory diseases 4.1 Accidents Death rate (approx from chart) All Infectious 1900 1600 600 1950 1000 100 1996 900 10 from: NUMBER OF DEATHS BY NATURAL HAZARDS, 1940-1981 (after Kessler, 1988) total Annual LIGHTNING 7,741 188 TORNADO 5,268 128 FLOOD 4,481 109 HURRICANE 1,923 47 Note: Holle, (1993) states lightning deaths are underreported in Colorado (1950-1991) by at least 28%; Lushine (1996) states lightning deaths underreported in Florida (1970-1994) by 31%. [ Data compiled by National Lightning Safety Institute, tel. 303-666-8817 ] @@Travel "As Man and Beast Clash on Highway" James P. Sterba A 1995 study by Michael R. Conover at Utah State University found deer-vehicle collisions injured 29,000 and killed 211 people annually. Trivial out of 43,000 highway, but more than commercial airlines, bus and train accidents. Wall Street Journal Aug 1, 2002