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5 Of The Worst Safety Disasters In History

Unfortunately, tragedies happen, but the best we can do is take a look back, improve, and learn from them. Here are five of the worst safety disasters in history!

Bangladesh Factory Collapses in 2013
In 2013, an eight-story building collapsed in Bangladesh. The owners of the factory ignored an evacuation order from the police after cracks in the walls were found. Instead, they attempted shoddy repairs, but soon after the building collapsed. A tragedy that ended in 324 deaths and 6 arrests.

Read about the story here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/25/bangladesh-factory-collapse-_n_3153803.html

Halifax Explosion in 1917.
Probably one of the most famous disasters in Canada. A french cargo ship, which was fully loaded with wartime explosives, collided with the Norwegian vessel SS Imo. Shortly after the collision, a fire ignited the cargo and an explosion. Approximately 2,000 people were killed by debris, fires, and collapsed buildings, and an estimated 9,000 others were injured.

The blast was so large, it was the largest man-made explosion prior to the advent of nuclear weapons!

Read more about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halifax_Explosion

Texas Plant Explosion in 2013
Officials couldn’t confirm exactly what led to the explosion, but one thing is for sure: the OSHA hadn’t inspected the facility in over 30 years! THREE DECADES! That is unacceptable and shows there are still gaps where we can improve our safety!

Watch the video of the explosion here! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/20/texas-plant-explosion-workplace_n_3122643.html

Hamlet chicken processing plant fire in 1991.
This is an incredibly famous safety failure that could have been completely avoided if proper precautions were taken. There was a failure in the hydraulic line that caused a fire. The owner of the factory had put locks on the fire escape. But not only that, the factory also hadn’t been inspected in over 11 years! A simple safety inspection could have solved this. This resulted in the death of 25 workers and the injury of 55.

Read more about this disaster: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamlet_chicken_processing_plant_fire

Seoul department store collapses in 1995

The Sampoong department store in Seoul, South Korea, collapses on this day in 1995, killing more than 500 people. The tragedy in the upscale store occurred due to a series of errors made by the designers and contractors who built the store and the criminal negligence of the store’s owner. This is another example of safety inspectors not doing their job properly (they were bribed!)

Read about this story here: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/seoul-department-store-collapses

Now, these are only 5 stories, but these entirely preventable accidents occur every year! It’s up to everyone to be perpetually diligent and always on the look out for any safety failures that could result in any injuries!