Summer is the high season for amusement and theme parks. That's as true in Pennsylvania as anywhere in the country. But recent events in a couple of other states have raised questions about thrill ride safety. Are they worth the risk?
All it takes is one split second and life as we know it can be changed. In the worst of circumstances, a life can be ended. The fact is that risk is inherent in everyday life. But it can be greater for someone in the construction trades. That's why, across Pennsylvania; indeed, across the country; there are safety rules in place to reduce the risk of job site accidents.
Fires and explosions have been the subject of a lot of headlines in recent days. Eyes in Pittsburgh have likely been focused on the deadly runaway oil train explosion and fire that leveled part of a Canadian town and killed at least 20 people. Then there's the commercial plane crash and fire on the West Coast that left two people dead and more than 180 injured.
The scourge of drunk driving is one that society justifiably is seeking to bring under control. The number of people who are injured or killed on the roads around Pittsburgh due to accidents related to driving under the influence has sparked an outcry.