Let’s talk injury prevention
Back in the good old days when I was a safety consultant with ACC, we had a simple rule of thumb for calculating injuries and deaths by accidents. For each accidental death, it was calculated there would be 10 serious disabling injuries and about 30 less severe ones.
So let’s apply this formula to
- 25,000 young Americans have been physically maimed for life
- 75,000 physically injured; but likely to fully recover
- 5000,000 maimed for life
- 1,500,000 physically injured but likely to recover
These are just the physical injuries. More difficult to calculate is the lasting psychological trauma of war. I will not even attempt to go there.
People with serious physical injuries cost several million dollars each over their lifetimes. Add this to the cost of the war. While we see emotional news footage of the maimed lying in hospitals, what we fail to see is the lifelong impact these terrible injuries have on these people, their families and their communities.
Why not take a quiet moment now and spare a thought for the hundreds of thousands of people who have so far lost a leg, half a brain, an arm, an eye, their face, their family …..