But I have three possibilities for the above accident. One was that the scaffolding they were using wasn't set up properly. In multi stage scaffolding if the entire length isn't exactly level the stresses can collapse the middle. Second observation from the photo is that they were using aluminum pole scaffolding which has a lower weight load than steel frame variety. Third possibility was that due to the heavy rains we've had here the footings were undermined but that's hard to say without seeing the inside whether it be a dirt floor or concrete. But such is the nature of the construction business these days.
Now while these guys were risking their lives actually trying to get something done our congress was busy with their usual "no we can't do that" attitude by rejecting all but two amendments to a couple of bills. Of the amendments passed I thought this was particularly poignant:
To clarify that an authorization to use military force, a declaration of war, or any similar authority shall not authorize the detention without charge or trial of a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States.
(Humm, correct me if I'm wrong but isn't that part of our constitution already? It's called due process.)
And what examples have we set in these foreign lands when we've rendered their citizens, held them without trial and even tortured them in places like Abu Ghraib? Then there's the issue of heros. A hero isn't somebody who got shot down. A hero isn't somebody who got lost was attacked then captured. Try telling your boss you just crashed the corporate jet and see what he says. Or maybe that you got lost and couldn't make it to the job site. Oh he'll be thrilled but the military makes heros out of these people. Not buying it anymore. The real heros you never hear about. They are the ones who did their job of 3 and 4 tours and managed to come out of it without much harm.