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Old 27 Mar 09, 01:36
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Showers Still Fatal For Troops In Iraq

Some of you may remember when this scandal, involving the infamous KBR contractor first broke in the news. What you may not know is that the problem still hasn't been fixed.

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WASHINGTON - The military is racing to inspect more than 90,000 U.S.-run facilities across Iraq to reduce a deadly threat troops face far off the battlefield: electrocution or shock while showering or using appliances.

About one-third of the inspections so far have turned up major electrical problems, according to interviews and an internal military document obtained by The Associated Press. Half of the problems they found have since been fixed but about 65,000 facilities still need to be inspected, which could take the rest of this year. Senior Pentagon officials were on Capitol Hill this week for briefings on the findings.


The work assigned to Task Force SAFE, which oversees the inspections and repairs, is aimed at preventing deaths like that of Staff Sgt. Ryan Maseth, 24, of Pittsburgh. He died in January 2008, one of at least three soldiers killed while showering since the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29891090/

I am puzzled about one thing - "90,000 facilities in Iraq"?
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I tried to rep you earlier today, but it said I needed to spread reps around first...sorry, but I was wanting to bring this up too not long ago. It's insane. Over 200 cases of electrocution, 90 requiring a doctor! It's nuts!
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KBK???? Isn't that a subsidiary of a bigger company once headed by.....

Na, he would be more concerned for the troops.
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Some of you may remember when this scandal, involving the infamous KBR contractor first broke in the news. What you may not know is that the problem still hasn't been fixed.



http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29891090/

I am puzzled about one thing - "90,000 facilities in Iraq"?
Now that is a figure that is mind boggleing. WTH, are they talking about every power pole put up and every transformer.
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It says US-run facilities. Are we responsible for buildings and such that might not be utilized by US forces? Otherwise, that number sounds awfully high.
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