Monday, February 15, 2010

Human Error

According to the Olympic committee it was 'Human Error' that caused the death of luger Kumaritashvili.

I beg to differ. Human error was merely the cause of the crash. The crash was fatal because the luger collided with an unprotected steel support.

Every corner on a Formula One track is protected with walls of rubber tires. The speeds are faster, but the drivers are riding in reinforced chassis designed to withstand high speed impacts. It might be that no amount of protection would have been sufficient, but failure to provide any would seem to be negligent.

But whatever the cause is ultimately determined to be, any judgment made at this point is premature.

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