Falls are the leading cause of death for the construction industry in the U.S. On average between 150-200 construction workers die each year from falls. More than 100,000 workers are injured annually from fall accidents at construction work sites. This number is unacceptable and shows the importance of fall protection, prevention, and proper training is to saving lives and reducing injuries. On average between 150-200 construction workers perish each year as a result of fall accidents. More than 100,000 workers annually are injured because of fall accidents.
Even though the earthquake in Japan was significantly stronger than the Haitian earthquake about 14 times more people lost their lives in Haiti than in Japan. The cost of the earthquakes to each nation was extremely different also. The cost to repair the destruction was approximately 38 times more in Japan yet the World Bank estimated that they would recover in 5 years (BBC, 2011) unlike Haiti whose debt was reduced by the World Bank to aid their recovery due to the poverty of the nation. Haiti’s recovery was and still is very much dependent on aid. In the first 7 days after the earthquake Haiti received $274million in donations whereas Japan received $87million (Dickler, J., 2011).
It is also named the second weather related deaths. Fortunately though there are some advantages of these types of storms. In the whole world there are an estimated 16 million thunderstorms each year, and at any given moment, there are roughly 2,000 thunderstorms in progress. There are about 100,000 thunderstorms each year in the U.S. alone. About 10% of these reach severe levels.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimated that the Icelandic volcano crisis cost airlines more than $1.7 billion in lost revenue six days after the initial eruption. On days when disruptions were greatest, losses reached $400 million per day. As many as 1.2 million passengers a day were affected. Later analysis concluded that some 107,000 flights were canceled during a 8 day period representing 48% of the total air traffic. On certain days as much as 80% of total flights were canceled.
From 1980 to 2009 there was an 80 percent increase in disasters related to climate change. Between 2001 and 2010, more than $1.2 trillion was lost due to the natural disasters. This was a dramatic rise, which between 1981 and 1990 it had only been about $528
In just the past month, Nepal witnessed its two major earthquakes in the Central region of the country. This massive earthquake that hit on 25th April not only affected more than 14 districts of Nepal but managed to shake some parts of India, Bangladesh and China as well. People were often given little warnings about earthquake but this sudden shake has left the nation traumatized. Thousands of people have been killed; others have been left homeless without possessions. This unpredicted wrath of the nature disrupted the lives of thousands of residents.
An earthquake happens about 50 times a day. That adds up to about 20,000 earthquakes each year (“11 Facts About Earthquakes”)! Many of these earthquakes are so small that they go unnoticed, but on January 26, 2001, one severe, disastrous earthquake struck the village of Gujarat, India, one of the poorest countries in the world. This earthquake knocked down even some of the toughest buildings that were built to withstand earthquakes. In 2001, the most devastating earthquake to strike Gujarat, India happened on a day of jubilation, caused extensive destruction, and lead to the need of many rescue and relief services to the many towns surrounding it.
POWERTY FACTS AND STATS More than 20 percent of the world’s population lives in poverty. Poverty is a big problem in the whole world, because thousands of people die each year due to this big issue. o Almost half of the world over three billion people live on less than $2.50 a day. o At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day. The poorest 40 percent of the world’s population accounts for 5 percent of global income.
As mentioned earlier, India is seemingly one of the most affected countries in the world when it comes to cases of chest and throat diseases. With 159 out every 100.000 death, India has twice as many deaths as China due to respiratory disease . Due to this issue, the Indian environment minister recently said in an interview with the Guardian: India is going to “do better than the rest of the world has ever done" . We have yet to see actions with major positive
“Initial reports of casualties following the tsunami put the death toll in the hundreds, with hundreds more missing. The numbers in both categories increased dramatically in the following days as the extend of the devastation-especially in coastal areas…Within two weeks of the disaster, the Japanese government’s official count of deaths had exceeded 10,000; more than one and a half time that number were stilled listed as missing and presumed dead” (John P. Rafferty & Kenneth Pletcher). The tsunami is cause of the Japanese have died because there was a nuclear meltdown that cause the radiation of the nuclear in the air cause the people in the area to have health problems “The combined total of confirmed deaths and missing is more than 22,000 (nearly 20,000 deaths and 2,500 missing). Deaths were caused by the initial earthquake and tsunami and by post-disaster health conditions” (CNN Library by Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency). The tsunami cause the power plants to have a nuclear meltdown because it causes so much destruction in the coastlines that it disrupted the power plants, “The reactors at the three nuclear power plants closest to the quake’s epicenter where shut down automatically following the temblor, which also cut the main power to those plants and their cooling systems.