RE: Fear and Loathing at the Job Site

Subject: RE: Fear and Loathing at the Job Site
From: DGoldstein -at- DeusTech -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 8 May 2003 14:41:57 -0600

> >But I still think that doctors, truck drivers, and day care workers have a
> better chance.
> That could be, but when aerospace tech writers do it, it seems to happen in
> a much more violent and highly visible fashion.
> Rick Lippincott

You're right -- aerospace documentation errors can lead to horrifying front-page news. Still, when you think about medical personnel...

"A controversial 1999 report from the Institute of Medicine found that between 44,000 and 98,000 people die each year from medical errors. The 7,000-plus medication errors annually eclipses [sic] the number of workplace deaths in this country."

I haven't seen statistics for truck drivers or day care workers, but I suspect that their incompetence is less commonly fatal than that of health care workers. Good thing most of them -- and most of us -- are at least *competent*.

Dan Goldstein


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