2005
02.07

The Risk-O-Meter

Experimental Bit

This page is an attempt to put into perspective the risk of various events happening to a person. People’s perception of risk is generally highly skewed; prompted by media coverage, people, will, for example stop eating eating types of food due to ‘the risks’ but still drive recklessly to the supermarket.

This page crudely works out the risk of an event happening to an ‘average person’ in the UK (unless stated otherwise) over the course of one year.

Approximate risk of an event, per person, per year
194 to 1
Being injured at work
(154,430 out of 30,000,000 UK workers in 2003/04) source
267 to 1
Being assaulted
(226,451 out of 60,450,000 UK citizens in 2002) source
559 to 1
Being robbed
(108,178 out of 60,450,000 UK citizens in 2002) source
3,353 to 1
Being raped (female)
(9,008 out of 30,200,000 women in the UK) source
3,655 to 1
Being seriously injured
(16,537 out of 60,450,000 UK citizens in 2005) source
4,157 to 1
Underage sex (female)
(1,506 out of 6,260,000 females under 16) source
17,619 to 1
Dying in a road accident
(3,431 out of 60,450,000 UK citizens in 2005) source
20,000 to 1
Being murdered in the US
(12,000 out of 240,000,000 US citizens) source
20,412 to 1
Child abduction
(583 out of 11,900,000 children in the UK) source
38,912 to 1
Being raped (male)
(735 out of 28,600,000 men in the UK) source
68,228 to 1
Being murdered in the UK
(886 out of 60,450,000 UK citizens in 2005) source
127,660 to 1
Dying at work
(235 out of 30,000,000 UK workers in 2003/04) source
4,317,857 to 1
Dying of terrorism, 2001 onwards
(56 out of 60,450,000 UK citizens in 2005 over 4 years) source
6,126,689 to 1
Dying of Mad Cow Disease
(148 out of 60,450,000 UK citizens in 2005 over 15 years) source

Population in the UK, est. July 2005, from CIA Factbook.

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