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Thirteen of them were taken to hospital and treated for more severe injuries after the incident on Tuesday evening.
A large emergency response, including 10 ambulances, arrived at the private event at around 18:00 (16:00 GMT).
The group walked over a bed of coals that was several metres long and felt pain shortly after, police said.
It is not yet clear if there was an issue with the set-up of the coals or with how the group walked across them.
Officials have opened an investigation and taken evidence from the site, which is in the Au peninsular just south of the city of Zurich.
The British broadcaster BBC even posted the news on Twitter. The entry is currently receiving a lot of comments. For example, one user says with a lot of irony that he considers the event to be a successful team-building exercise. Because: "Nothing brings people together as much as a common trauma." Many users wonder how this could have happened. "I still understand the first five, but the next 20... not so much..." writes a woman.
The news of the team event for employees of the advertising marketer Goldbach, which like 20 Minuten belongs to the TX Group, was also published in Spanish and Portuguese. In the Spanish newspaper " La Vanguardia " readers debate the usefulness of team building events. "Team building is not about competition between teams, but about getting to know each other better in order to be able to work efficiently," explains one user. "Oh, that's stupid," replies a man. Another reader says: "The motto 'No limits' takes its toll."
originally posted by: ancientlight
a reply to: putnam6
People are lemmings
This is well-established science. The key factors at play are the low thermal conductivity of the burning wood-turned-to-coal, an insulating layer of ash and the short time of contact between the hot coals and the soles of the feet.
In particular, the coals must burn down to around 538C, preferably with a thin layer of ash providing extra insulation. This also burns off excess water, which increases the heat capacity and thermal conductivity of the coals.
And while it’s tempting to want to run across hot coals, this actually pushes your feet deeper into the embers, increasing the burn risk. A nice steady walking pace is best. (Some say wetting your feet beforehand can add protection via the Leidenfrost effect, but Willey has found the effects of this to be negligible and prefers to firewalk dry-footed.)
Back in 1998, Willey and Kjetil Kjernsmo of University of Oslo developed a computer model of a fire walker’s foot, and then compared it to infrared imagery of people fire walking in Seattle. Those images showed that the foot really does remain cool when the stunt is done correctly.
originally posted by: EternalShadow
a reply to: putnam6