July 29, 2013 | Mark Paradies

Monday Accident & Lessons Learned: Root Cause Analysis BEFORE Using a Firing Squad?

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On June 28, 1950 the Han River Bridge was blown up to prevent North Korean troops from using it to cross the river. However, fleeing South Korean troops and refugees were on the bridge when it was blown up causing many to lose their lives.

The Ohmy News Reported: “Colonel Ch’oe was executed by a firing squad on Sept. 21, 1950 for allowing the bridge to be blown up with so much loss of innocent life. A later investigation revealed that Ch’oe had actually saved many lives by doing his best to clear the bridge before having the explosives detonated, and he was posthumously acquitted.”

Perhaps a root cause analysis before using a firing squad is a good practice that should be adopted. Of course, this was in 1950 under severe wartime conditions.

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