Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Safety regs must take into account Americans’ weight gain

Coast Guard assumptions about the average passenger’s weight were based on 1942 estimates. The trouble is, folks were slimmer back then. This, according to the National Transportation and Safety Board, was one factor in the capsizing of a Baltimore water taxi in 2004, which killed five people. Underestimation of passenger weight has been a factor in other accidents. Read more here.

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