Italy earthquake exposes poor building standards
A 9-year-old hospital building collapsed, bringing into question building standards in Italy.
According to a Reuters story , L'Aquila's new public hospital was hailed as a state-of-the-art, earthquake-proof building when it opened in 2000. But it collapsed along with many centuries-old monuments in the earthquake that struck the city Monday.
The San Salvatore hospital, evacuated after its walls gave way, forcing doctors to treat quake victims and ordinary patients in a courtyard, has exposed inadequate infrastructure in the area.
As the death toll from Italy's worst earthquake since 1980 topped 200, shocked Italians asked how modern buildings--not just historic churches and stone houses--could crumble into pieces in a region known for its high seismic risk.
The earthquake occurred in the Abruzzo region .
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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.