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The cost of a burned-out light bulb: $12.7 million

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Thinking about forming a safety committee? Here’s incentive: During the night, a Seattle firefighter mistook the fire pole for a restroom door. (A safety light that illuminated the pole had burned out.) He fell 18 feet and suffered spine and brain injuries.

Right after, the station installed a new bulb, reflective tape and fall protection. Too late … the firefighter sued and a jury awarded him $12.7 million.


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