Top 10 Unusual Causes of Death in Australia (ABS 2017)

Top 10 Unusual Causes of Death in Australia (ABS 2017)


There are lots of things to die from in Australia
— spiders, snakes, sharks, surfboards — apparently anything starting with S can kill you. So in this video, we’re going to count down
the Top 10 Unusual Causes of Death, hand-selected by me, from the Australian Bureau of Statistics
most recent report on the topic titled, “Causes of Death, Australia, 2017”. Number 10 – Malaise and fatigue. Yes, apparently you can die from being too
tired. 95 Australians died from it in 2017. Malaise and fatigue are typically caused by
other issues, so I find it unusual that so many people officially died from this. I suppose, if doctors can’t find any other
cause of death, they list this as the culprit. Possible lifestyle factors that cause fatigue
include: excessive physical activity, jet lag disorder, lack of physical activity, lack
of sleep, and unhealthy eating habits. So make sure you eat a healthy diet, get plenty
of rest, and exercise regularly — but not too much, otherwise you might just be in next
year’s statistics! Number 9 – Accidental poisoning by and exposure
to alcohol We all know that too much alcohol is not good
for us, but actually only 79 people died from accidental poisoning from it — 58 of them
being men. So although alcohol causes a lot more deaths
due to ongoing health effects (for example, 902 people died from Alcoholic liver disease),
only a much smaller number died from actual intoxication. Drink in moderation people! Number 8 – Fall on and from stairs and steps
77 people died from falling down stairs! That’s pretty remarkable. I suppose, many of us use steps everyday,
so naturally, there’s going to be a fair number of people who will trip and fall. We’ve all been told that to keep fit, we
should try to make simple lifestyle changes, such as using the stairs instead of the lift. But be warned! Stairs are much more dangerous than lifts. Although there were no reported lift deaths
in Australia in 2017, in the United States, elevators make over 18 billion passenger trips
per year. Of those trips, 27 people die annually. One solution — make sure you only ever do
business on the ground floor! Number 7 – Fall involving bed
Yes, beds are almost as dangerous as stairs. 76 people died from falling out of their bed! So if you actively avoid stairs, you should
probably also actively avoid sleeping in a bed. The Japanese seem to have a solution — sleep
on a futon! I can’t find any statistics on futon-related
deaths, so I reckon you’re pretty safe sleeping on one. However, it’s been shown that by participating
in Japanese culture, there may be an increased risk of giant monster-related deaths. You’ve been warned! Number 6 – Motorcycle rider injured in collision
with fixed or stationary object Although riding motorcycles can be dangerous,
mainly caused by other motorists, apparently 68 motorcyclists died from hitting a stationary
object, 65 of which were male. As far as I’m aware, stationary objects
don’t jump out in front of you, so I presume rider-error plays a large part here. Although, a rock on the road, or some other
hard-to-see object, could be considered a stationary object. To be fair to motorcyclists, 305 automobile
occupants died from the same cause. If you ride a motorcycle, though, make sure
to take it slow! Number 5 – Air and space transport accidents
I put this in here, because I’m not very fond of flying. 40 people died from air accidents in Australia
in 2017. I don’t think anybody died in Australia’s
space program. And no, Australia’s space agency is not called
“ARSE”. For comparison, about 1300 people died from
land transport accidents. Only 35 people died from water transport accidents,
34 people from bikes (as in push bikes), and only 11 people died in bus accidents. So if you want to play it safe, catch the
bus! To be fair to flying, a lot of the 40 deaths
were from small planes and non-powered aircraft — I guess, things like gliders and balloons. Of the 40 people who died, 34 were men. What’s up with men and dying? I suppose, a propensity towards risk-taking
behaviour! Number 4 – Fall involving chair
Not quite as dangerous as a bed, the humble chair killed 33 Australians in 2017. If the Australian Bureau of Statistics are
listening, I’d be interested in the type of chair in future publications. I don’t imagine a sofa is very dangerous,
but a bar stool on the other hand, is a bit of a deathtrap. If a person drinks too much at the bar and
falls off their bar stool, do we blame the alcohol or the stool? Or do we note it down as multiple causes of
death? Number 3 – Unspecified event, undetermined
intent Yes, apparently 27 people died from unspecified
events with undetermined intents. In other words, the doctors have no idea how
the person died. I find that quite unusual in the modern world
with all our modern medicine. If there was any form of trauma, you think
that the cause of death would be quite obvious. If there was any form of poisoning or overdose,
that would also be quite obvious. If the person had any sort of medical history
at all, you think the doctors would be able to determine some cause of death. But just having a dead person rock up to the
hospital with no apparent cause of death seems very unusual to me. I suppose, people just sometimes drop dead. Number 2 – Fall on and from ladder
Yes, climbing ladders are dangerous! 21 people died from them – 19 men and 2
women. They’re not quite as dangerous as chairs,
or near as dangerous as those treacherous beds, but they still kill people. I would have thought that ladder-related deaths
would be more common, but then I guess, people take more caution on ladders, and less people
use ladders than they do beds. I wonder if a person walking under a ladder
who dies immediately afterwards gets counted in this statistic? I guess not. And now, a few honourable mentions before
moving onto Number 1. Exposure to excessive natural heat killed
18 people. That makes sense with all the heatwaves and
large amounts of desert in Australia. Legal intervention killed 13 people. I guess that means people killed by police
when performing their legal duties. Only 13 people were killed by Assault by rifle,
shotgun and larger firearm discharge. (4 people were killed by Assault by handgun
discharge). Yes, more people in Australia are killed by
ladders than by firearm assaults! 12 people died from Accidental suffocation
and strangulation in bed. I tell you what, those beds — they’re
a deathtrap! Exposure to excessive natural cold killed
11 people. Lack of food killed 9 people. Contact with venomous animals and plants,
every travellers worst nightmare, only killed 9 people, 6 of which were from bees and wasps. You’re more likely to die catching the bus
than being killed by a snake or spider. Falling from cliffs killed 8 people. Riding animals, or being in an animal-drawn
vehicle also killed 8 people. 5 people actually died from lightning strikes. Parents out there who are worried about their
kids touching needles, only 4 people died from Contact with hypodermic needle. Vegans need not worry too much — Only 3
people died from Vitamin B12 deficiency in Australia (it wasn’t indicated whether they
followed strict diets or not). And 2 people died from being Bitten or struck
by crocodile or alligator. But the Number 1 unusual cause of death in
Australia, as chosen by me, is – Being accidentally bumped into by another person. Only two people died from this in 2017, but
it goes to show you, even walking in a crowded environment can be your downfall. And finally, just one more honourable mention
— Assault by steam. No, not the digital video game distributor. I’m talking about the hot vapour. It was responsible for a single death in 2017. If you like these types of lists and want to
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3 thoughts on “Top 10 Unusual Causes of Death in Australia (ABS 2017)

  1. I like what you're doing mate. It was your vid on being a misanthrope that got me to subscribe…… from a fellow misanthrope. If we ever agree to meet sometime in the future you can rely on me to be on time and probably early :).

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