Deadly failure to use available technology

“Tech Gap Cited in Fire Deaths,” Wall Street Journal, September 30, 2013

Commanders had no way of knowing where the firefighters were in relation to the fire and couldn’t warn them. Tragedy will likely lead to monitoring locations electronically.

Isn’t the technology to monitor location relatively inexpensive?  Cell phones do it.  An old case (In re T.J. Hooper) dealt with the failure to have radios on coal barges to monitor weather developments.  Some technology not required by law is so cheap in relation to the potential harm that it becomes a duty of care issue.


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