September 13, 2016 6:00 AM EDT
Disaster by Design/ Safety by Intent #49
Safety by Intent
In recent years, Japan’s health ministry initiated a study in response to an estimate that nearly 14,000 people die annually in bathtubs, almost three times the number of people killed each year in traffic accidents in the country.
More recently, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning because over a dozen people have died since 2000 working on bathtubs—due to exposure to methylene chloride, a solvent used to clean tubs being refinished.
This commentary addresses figurative rather than literal bathtub safety. Read more >