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May 21, 2013

People have been getting killed all of the time when doing city work.

There should be a “hazard archive” that chronicles — and tags — every critical and lethal hazard that occurs involving contractors and other people who work for any given city.

With 18,000 – 25,000 cities in the USA, it would be great if all a worker had to do before working on a city job, such as bridge remodeling, could become acquainted with all known casualties from the type of job before beginning work.  Further, an online database dedicated to revealing how people have been dying while on-the-job could have perpetual value for many other reasons, such as being a guide to identifying the nature of casualty.  Reports of local incidents seem numerous each year.

Anyone could walk away from the database and its regular reports aimed at attracting traffic and human interest a much smarter person.

There are an unbelievably stupid number of recurring incidents that kill people that continue to do so because there is no formal statistical collection in any given city that collects news of fatalities and critical incidents that hospitalize routinely.

So, ultimately we’re at the mercy of authorities and “experts” to provide advice that would do better to belong to everyone.

The scope of the project can occur on a city-wide basis or as part of a collected online database for each and every city. Contributors can be from any city and need compile only five years worth of data, with a 25-year projected need. That’s because five years of data should offer at least some insight and justify any traffic that the site gets. Whereas, 25 years of data would look respectable. These represent my own unstudied estimates, as some projects won’t be repeated for decades, and the target objective is to look for repeat patterns of injuries.

Growing the statistics can occur either by letting time pass and entering daily statistics into the database or otherwise from diligent interest in growing the database with accountable facts and figures. Every entry needs its own source attributions.

It’s not our thinking that this sort of compilation has been done before.

The topics can vary from bridges, power lines, utility installations, maintenance duties, cherry pickers and the like. If a tornado has been swiping across a particular path every so many years, then visitors could use the data to make intelligent decisions such as building a home underground rather than let the alley become a continual disaster area.

The project represents one of the greatest needs for intelligence on a secular, civil, democratic level. Although anyone in any nation could potentially benefit from such a database.

So, whether you want to give your own city this sort of boost or work the idea in to a more comprehensive regard, the end “target effect” should be prevention of casualty by empowering workers to find out about previous casualties.

Remember, forewarned is forearmed.

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