"Not Coming Home," February Editorial

Staff | September 28, 2010

"Not Coming Home" erroneously presumes the construction fatality "was an accident, pure and simple." The backhoe-loader fall was not an "accident." Why? Equipment falls are the consequence of physical factors (gravity, elevation, etc.) and human factors (operator alertness, judgment, etc.). Ask any mechanical,industrial, or civil engineer. Avoidable fatality? Yes, definitely, for both the truck driver and the needlessly killed victim.

Chief Donald E. White, Northern Virginia, Mental Institute