Alarm bells started going off in my head. This guy is an electrician. What else might electricians carry in their shirt pockets? Small screwdrivers like the one I had hanging from my office bookshelf, hanging by a magnet! Not necessarily the best companion for a magnetic data disk. This started the following conversation:
"So after removing the disk, you put it in your shirt pocket?"
"Yes," he replied.
”Do you have anything else in that pocket, like maybe a screwdriver?”
"Yes, I do," he said.
"Would that screwdriver happen to be one that is magnetized?"
The light obviously came on in his head, too. "Oh... yes it is. Let me try putting the disk someplace else," he said.
The issue immediately disappeared and the maintenance station functioned productively for many years.
This entry was submitted by Jack Rupert and edited by Rob Spiegel.
Jack Rupert, PE, MBA, is an engineering and project manager with business, leadership, and technical experience. His background includes automation and control system, software development, and global project management. He is the author of various articles, presentations, and training and marketing materials for multiple audience levels that introduced new technologies and launched products. Currently, Jack is a contractor leading a team of professionals in the commercial engineering group for a large control and automation company in the Milwaukee area.
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