Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Safety matters

Last week's death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili kicked off the 2010 Winter Olympics on a somber note and has left all sides pointing fingers, with Olympic officials blaming youth and inexperience while still adding protective walls and changing the starting points for official runs to a safer distance. The goal of organizers appeared to be to make the sport a commercial success while making safety a secondary concern.

How would your firm have handled this situation if you were designing what you thought could be an unsafe track - or building for that matter? Do you do what the client says, try to convince the client that a disaster could be in the offing, or leave the project in your rear-view mirror?

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