Dumb ways to die. The relative risks of driving, smoking, staircases, medical error and skydiving

What are the relative dangers of these things?

Hours of exposure per fatality:

Driving a car: 7,100,000 hours

Walking on stairs: 714,000 hours

Going to hospital: 60,000 hours

Smoking: 60,000 hours

Skydiving: 16,000 hours

relative risks

* Driving based on the calculations in the link and 25mph speed.  Walking on stairs as per link with 2.5mph speed.  Skydiving based on these statistics and duration of 6 minutes.  Let me know via comment or message if you these assumptions look to be in error.

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About John Culvenor

Hi, Thank you for taking a look at this blog. I work in engineering, ergonomics, creativity, design, training, etc. Often this is about helping solve legal puzzles through accident analysis. Sometimes it is about thinking up better designs for equipment, workplaces, and systems. This blog is about good design and bad design, accident analysis and how it can be done better, and how we can make a better, safer world by design!
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