The Cave Creek disaster is both depressing and face-palm inducing. It refers to a scenic viewing platform that once overlooked a massive cave system at a national park in New Zealand. It had been built by the Department of Conservation, and at a surprisingly low price. Almost amazingly so. A small group of college students decided to partake of the view one day, and took a pleasant stroll upon the platform. It unexpectedly collapsed, and everyone was thrown head first into the chasm. Fourteen people died in the incident.
A royal commission of inquiry was held to determine why the structure had failed, and what they discovered was rather disturbing: it hadn’t been designed by a qualified engineer, or in fact, anyone remotely competent, the steps to the platform weren’t properly attached, they used tiny nails instead of bolts because someone forgot to bring a drill that day, no really, and the warning sign stating the maximum number of people allowed had been accidentally sent to some guy in Cincinatti.
The New Zealand government then investigated the other scenic platforms located throughout the country, and found that fifteen of them were just as bad. They were quickly closed for repairs, and in some cases removed completely. A somewhat moot point for the people who got a slightly more scenic view that day than they had otherwise intended.