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Olympic Death – Lessons for an OHSMS

The death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili at the beginning the 2010 Olympic Games was tragic. 

Even though most workplaces are clearly not the same as an Olympic sports facility, there are “lessons to be learned” from this tragedy for occupational health and safety professionals.  

  • Arguing whether the individual hurt was at fault is not productive.  As the Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili stated – “…no sports mistake is supposed to lead to a death.”  When individuals die as a result of workplace incidents, the sentiment is the same.  Blaming the worker is just as counterproductive as blaming an athlete.
  • Consideration of “human factors” is both critical to preventing injury and more difficult and complex than it initially seems. 

What are those complexities?

February 18, 2010 | 0 Comments More