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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
What are your thoughts?
Relatives of 155 people killed in a fire at an Austrian ski resort have condemned a court ruling that no-one was responsible for the deaths.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3504053.stm
post #2 of 10
Quote:
Originally posted by Ryel:
What are your thoughts?
Relatives of 155 people killed in a fire at an Austrian ski resort have condemned a court ruling that no-one was responsible for the deaths.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3504053.stm
Definitely a tragedy but accidents happen

Ruining more lives for what was an oversight at WORST (and definitely not a malicious act) will not bring any of the dead back and probably won't help their families get over it any faster.
post #3 of 10
A woman on the world tour died in this accident didn't she? Does anyone remember who it was?
post #4 of 10
Were small mechanical heaters not allowed where the fire ignited?

If they are not supposed to be used because of a fire hazard then they are at fault.
post #5 of 10
come on, people

liability for another's death should be imposed only in GROSS NEGLIGENCE or intentional death.

what good does it do to make the ski area liable? I'll tell you what it does. it makes the plaintiff's lawyer rich, and those riches waiting in the wings encourage the plaintiff's lawyer to talk to the "victims"

hey, I think I'll sue God, my grandmother died last September. I know it was his fault.
post #6 of 10
Ski areas have been trying since their inception, I imagine, to let people know that skiing is an INHERENTLY DANGEROUS sport, and that you assume PERSON RESPONSIBILITY when you click into your bindings and ride their lift/tram/cable car to then slide down a steep slope covered with slippery snow.

Accidents happen.

Unfortunately, lawyers LOVE accidents, and they seem to love to lull whiney people into thinking that they aren't responsible for their choices, and that suing ski areas is going to make everything okay.

Please see the "Is Skiing Getting Too Expensive" thread.
post #7 of 10
It appears that many of the people who've commented on this case didn't read the article, or didn't understand it if they did read it.

The judge said that the families COULD sue for damages in civil court; it was the criminal case that was dismissed.

Brake oil was allowed to drip onto a heater, and ignited. That sure sounds like gross negligence to me.

This ruling is consitent with the Austrian habit of denying responsibility for everything.
Hitler was Austrian; they claim he was German, and insist that they only cooperated with the Nazis because they were invaded by Germany.

The entire sick culture needs a 12 step program, to help them accept responsibility for the harm they've done, and make ammends to the survivors.

PS Beethoven was German; the Austrians claim he was Austrian...
post #8 of 10
TheIceMan, talking about taking responsability (or denying it) for ones actions, do you, or anybody else, know where four marines (may God bless the Corp) aviators are now?
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post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by Matteo:
TheIceMan, talking about taking responsability (or denying it) for ones actions, do you, or anybody else, know where four marines (may God bless the Corp) aviators are now?
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ouch!
post #10 of 10
While I hate to see innocent people condemned for something out of their control I also hate seeing people in bureaucracies avoid responsibilities for their actions due to the fuzziness of accountability. If everyone gets off unscathed there will be no incentive for other ski areas to make sure it doesn't happen at their areas. Fear of the law & lawsuites is one of the few things that can make people that are under pressure to keep their budgets down do the right thing.
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