Saturday, July 24, 2010

Disabling Gas Alarms

Transocean/BP deepwater drillers and Massey coal miners disabled gas warning alarms. Both had explosions that killed workers. NY Daily News reported:

A technician for the Deepwater Horizon said Friday the alarm system for the BP-leased rig was partly disabled at night so workers could sleep without interruption.

Eleven workers died in the Gulf of Mexico. Twenty nine died under the hills of West Virginia. NPR reported:

An electrician deliberately disabled a methane gas monitor on a continuous mining machine because the monitor repeatedly shut down the machine.

Working without interruption vs. safety? It's clear which side management favored.

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