Job Safety

May 5, 2009

In Iraq

Some years ago we were called upon to submit a plan for the use of our technology by the Army Tank Corps. Tanks travel fast and in the hands of a fatigued/impaired driver can be deadly. We need to dust that concept off again.

“WASHINGTON – The 130,000 American troops serving in Iraq are more likely to die in accidents, from natural causes, or in other “nonhostile” incidents than at the hands of insurgents, according to Defense Department statistics for the past eight months ending in April.

“The statistics highlight the dramatic reduction of violence in Iraq over the past year, but also underscore a challenge that has bedeviled US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan since hostilities began: A steady stream of soldiers and Marines are losing their lives in circumstances that are often preventable.

“Between September 2008 and April 2009, 72 troops died in Iraq from accidents, illness, or suicide, compared with 67 who died in action, according to the Pentagon – the first extended period in the six-year conflict where insurgents did not pose the greatest threat.

“The biggest cause of nonhostile deaths remains accidents. Since the start of the war in March 2003 more than 500 troops have died from vehicle or aircraft crashes and other accidents such as falls, according to the data.

Quotes are excerpted from Bryan Bender at [email protected]
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