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CANBERRA, Australia - The death of British actress Natasha Richardson from a severe brain injury following a skiing accident has reignited the debate over helmets on ski slopes.
Richardson, 45, a member of Britain's Redgrave acting dynasty, fell during a private skiing lesson on a beginners' slope at Canada's Mont Tremblant resort on Monday. She died in New York on Wednesday, surrounded by her family.
Mandatory helmet use?
Between 1990 and 2008, at least 39 people died on Quebec's ski slopes, the provincial coroner's office said. A report released last year suggested that of the 26 deaths between 1990 and 2004, 14 were the result of head injuries. Helmets were worn in just two of those 14 cases.
Ski operators are among the most vocal opponents to mandated helmet use.
Alexis Boyer of the Quebec Ski Areas Association said he supports the use of helmets, but does not back a law mandating their use, saying it would put operators in the position of having to police their guests.
Valerie Powell of the Canada Safety Council said the group would like to see everybody wear helmets.
Originally posted by WatchNLearn
The answer is no...because she was not wearing one so she died, which just points out when you are meant to go, you are meant to go...it doesn't matter what precautions you take.
Originally posted by nixie_nox
But then you run into visablility issues, and the old problem of people becoming dare devils because they think it is an all out safety net.
Originally posted by imd12c4funn
reply to post by amazed
Sorry to hear how close to home this subject is and for your losses.
I am however, pleased to know you are using helmets with your family.
The medical examiner's office ruled the death was accidental, caused by "epidural hematoma due to blunt impact to the head."