The 5 Most Expensive Work Accidents In History

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Chernobyl – $200 Billion

In 1986 on April the 26th there was the most expensive accident that happened in history. What caused this very expensive accident? A nuclear reactor at Chernobyl power station exploded causing the deaths of 125 thousand people and over 200 thousand people were evacuated.

Here is some history of Chernobyl: http://chernobylgallery.com/chernobyl-disaster/timeline/

 

Space Shuttle Columbia Explosion – $13 Billion

In 2003 on February the 1st, the space shuttle Columbia exploded over Texas killing all 7 crew members.

For more information about the Columbia Space Shuttle: https://www.space.com/19436-columbia-disaster.html

 

Prestige Oil Spill – $12 Billion

In 2002 on November the 13th there was a bad storm. The captain of the huge oil tanker ship feared the worse, the storm was too much to handle. It managed to split the ship completely in half spilling 20 million gallons of oil into the sea.

for more information about the Prestige Oil Spill: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prestige_oil_spill

 

Space Shuttle Challenger Explosion – £5.5 Billion

 

In 1986 on January the 28th, a space shuttle exploded just 73 seconds after its takeoff with seven highly trained crew members inside.

For more information about the Space Shuttle Challenger: http://www.history.com/topics/challenger-disaster

 

Piper Alpha Oil Rig – $3.4 billion 

 

In 1998 on July 6th was the day the world’s most expensive off-shore oil disaster has ever been recorded.  This was caused by a worker who forgot to replace one of the safety valves. This incident caused 167 workers their lives.

for more details about the Piper Alpha Oil Rig: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piper_Alpha

 


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