Thanks for that story Cookie.
Years ago I went to a lecture by book writer Warren Farrell, about his book, "Why Men Earn More"
It talked about the death occupations, jobs that paid more because of the high risk, and why men took those dangerous jobs.
Men’s choices lead to men earning more money; women’s choices lead to women having better lives.
Often times in construction, and the guys know what I'm talking about here, if the job is dangerous, or is hard on the body, it tends to pay better. We take these jobs, partly because we feel pressure to earn more. When I was doing crawlers and pushing drills all day, it really took a toll on the body. My brother Shannon was a roofer, and he finally had to change occupations, working at a constant angle, falling off roofs, and being in the the weather constantly. I ran into one worker that saw two of his workmates buried during a concrete pour on a dam, they were told to just keep pouring concrete by the supervisor.
Using a crane in the wind is just stupid, and yet those families that lost their men, will never be compensated for the huge loss they took.
Women statistically live longer then men. Even with child birth taken into account, they live longer.
Of course, we do lose a few men in war times. Men drive too fast, take more chances, may be too competitive at times, Enjoy too much hard contact, and eat poorly.