The Disposable Man

Interesting piece on Outside Online about the plight of Sherpas working in the Everest region:

A Sherpa working above Base Camp on Everest is nearly ten times more likely to die than a commercial fisherman—the profession the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rates as the most dangerous nonmilitary job in the U.S.—and more than three and a half times as likely to perish than an infantryman during the first four years of the Iraq war.  But as a workplace safety statistic, 1.2 percent mortality is outrageous. There’s no other service industry in the world that so frequently kills and maims its workers for the benefit of paying clients.

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2 Responses to The Disposable Man

  1. andrewkyleriley July 16, 2013 at 5:31 am #

    I trekked Everest Region last year, and the Sherpas in the region speak with reverence about the few in their number who are privileged to guide people to the summit of Sagarmatha. These men aren’t being disposed of while doing a job or occupation; they are dying while fulfilling a highly valued role in their culture.

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  2. JMB July 16, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    “There’s no other service industry in the world that so frequently kills and maims its workers for the benefit of paying clients.”

    On the flip side of things, how many other service industries are there where the clients/consumers die at such a high rate as on Everest? Seems like it’s just more dangerous all-around.

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