Life and health are priceless, so it’s impossible to put a real cost on workplace accidents. However, a Web site has added up the costs of damage and other expenses, such as clean-up, to calculate the most expensive accidents in history.
Wreckedexotics.com (more about the Web site later in this post) pursued the task of listing the top 10 most expensive accidents in the history of the world, measured in today’s dollars.
You’ll recognize many of the incidents: the Titanic, the two space shuttle disasters and the Exxon Valdez make the list.
And safety pros can use the info on the Web site to start safety discussions with workers. The authors have included a sentence or two in many of the accident descriptions that describe the safety procedure that were broken.
Example: In the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster, the incident was officially attributed to power plant operators who violated procedures and didn’t know all the safety requirements needed.
A note about wreckedexotics.com’s purpose: The site has more than 6,000 photos of exotic cars involved in accidents to show the real consequences of reckless driving. The photos represent almost a quarter of a billion dollars worth of damage to vehicles such as Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Porsches.
The entry about the most expensive accidents is here.