Nobody Knows How To Build Things Anymore

These stories are interesting.  A worker fell off the Throgs Neck Bridge and died.  A worker died while building the new 7 train extension.  There was a construction accident in Gerritsen Beach (part of Brooklyn).  A navy plane crashed in Virginia.

The number of “construction accidents” is increasing.  There’s no excuse for that.

I was really disgusted by this story.  People are calling the navy plane crash a “Good Friday Miracle”, which is disgusting.  There’s nothing special about a plane crashing into a building.  It’s fortunate that nobody was killed, and maybe the pilot steered the crashing plane to minimize damage.  It’s offensive to call it a “miracle”.

It’s a symptom of a collapsing economy.  Basic skills are being lost, such as “Do construction without any fatalities.”

5 Responses to Nobody Knows How To Build Things Anymore

  1. Lost skill? You obviously have no idea how many people died building all of the bridges and skyscrapers we have today. How many people died building the empire state building? Or was that “before” we had this “no construction death” skill. What point in time specifically did we have this skill? You are obviously a pencil/keyboard pushing tool that has never had a blue collar job. Some of these jobs are dangerous no matter what advances in safety are made.

    • 5 people were killed constructing the empire state building, troll. It is apriori true that the less free competition there is, the less skilled the people become. He never claimed this is a unique period in history.

      • His point is that construction deaths 100 years ago would have been unnoticed, but recently every one is a headline.

        I still say that if you count deaths per construction project, the number is increasing over the past 5-10 years.

        Here’s a link that says construction deaths have increased recently. I couldn’t find a better source after briefly googling.

      • I am not a troll. Accidents happen in construction because the nature of the job is dangerous, as they are in mining, firefighting, power plant operation, large factories, logging, etc. There has never been a time when these jobs were 100% safe, and until the jobs are only done by robots, there never will be. Even in safe conditions, random freak accidents and mechanical failure of equipment can occur. The danger of thinking about something and not paying attention in an office may be just tripping into someone, while the danger while working near heavy machinery is much greater. People are not perfect, and that is why there will never be a 100% no death rate in dangerous jobs. Most “dangerous jobs” you must be 18 or over even to apply to, as a 16 or 17 year old is not of the age to consent to excessive risk.

        Reading the article, I does start out saying there was a “building boom” More construction overall can lead to more accidents when counted by individuals and not by percentage of total workforce injured. Pertaining to scaffolds, They are required to be inspected daily, with a tag left by the inspector at the base. If you use scaffolds in your work daily, I don’t know, maybe checking that the scaffold is correctly anchored every so many feet and on level ground and not shaky with uncracked planks would be in your best interest.

        If we have a lost skill in this country, it is not “construction without deaths” It is, realizing that “you are responsible for your own safety” and “how to pay attention”

        Unless dangerous jobs are performed by robots, there will always be some accidents. 112 people died just building the Hoover dam. That is excessive.

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