Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Chemist mystery of the day: Who died in 2013?

Thanks to Twitter chatter about the deadliest occupations, I was looking at the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries and found this interesting tidbit: in 2013, 3 chemists died on the job. Their cause of death is not clear, but it seems to me (from the table) that at least 1 of them died from "violence and other injuries by persons or animals."

Any ideas? 

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  1. Cheating spouses or co-workers murdered at work?

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  2. I wonder if it was this case: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_University_of_Alabama_in_Huntsville_shooting

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    1. 2010, and none of them were chemists, I think. (And they'd be coded as "biological science teachers, post-secondary", I think.)

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  3. If you check the footnotes these deaths include self inflicted injury. My guess is at least one of these deaths is a grad student suicide. There was a sophomore engineering student who committed suicide in the biomedical labs at Northwestern (Dmitri Teplov). At least five students of various majors died in Northwestern in 2013.

    Are pharma sales reps 'chemists?'
    http://www.hidesertstar.com/news/article_fcee3f20-b8e0-11e2-bf77-001a4bcf887a.html

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    1. Anon, astute catch. I completely forgot to check the footnotes, even as I was reminding myself to do so.

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    2. That said, dunno how BLS codes grad students. I suspect they code them as students and not chemists. Same w/pharma sales reps, more like sales reps.

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  4. My guess is this counts for the self inflicted:
    http://chemjobber.blogspot.com/2013/01/rip-daniel-havey.html?m=1

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