WASHINGTON – The military is racing to inspect more than 90,000 U.S.-run facilities across Iraq to reduce a deadly threat that troops face far off the battlefield.
The threat is electrocution or shock while showering or using appliances.
At least three soldiers have been killed while showering since the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Scores more suffered shocks between September 2006 and July 2008. That's according to a database maintained by KBR Inc., the Houston-based contractor which oversees maintenance at most U.S. facilities in Iraq.
An Army task force says it's making progress. About one-third of the inspections so far have turned up major electrical problems. Half of the problems they found have since been fixed but about 65,000 facilities still need to be inspected, which could take the rest of this year.
Senior Pentagon officials are on Capitol Hill this week for briefings on the findings.