Why is it that so often the courts, and the juries, find in favor of the very dumbest of people? Why does anybody believe that stupidity should be rewarded? That concept is so very foreign to my thinking that it amazes me.
What ever became of the concept of personal responsibility for one's actions?
The issue of personal responsibility recently came up in the case of the Toyota floormat recall. Its seems many vehicle owners used improper floormats in their vehicles, and Toyota had to recall 154,000 vehicles to "prevent problems that might occur when improper floormats are used by owner." Toyota said one owner stacked eight carpet remnants on the floor in front of the accelerator.
What has been demonstrated repeatedly over the years is that when a product has finally been made fool-proof, somebody arrives with a new and improved fool. This has been demonstrated repeatedly by individuals with credentials far better than mine.
Excellent post Richard. I feel every company large and small should have a safety "officer"--someone responsible for training and making sure employees have the necessary PPE. I think one huge problem comes with making employees adhere to existing and published safety standards. In the places I consult with, safety is an ongoing issue. I am frequently amazed at the number of times maintenance workers completely ignore "lockout-tagout" requirements when working on equipment. They feel leaving for a 10 or 15 minute break gives them cause to ignore this one safety rule. I have been made aware of several near tragedies as a result. Again, good post highlighting a very important issue.
Wal-Mart will hold its second Made in the USA Open Call July 7-8, at its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. The event will be a repeat effort by the world’s biggest seller of consumer goods to increase the amount of US-made products it sells in Wal-Mart stores, in Sam’s Club members-only wholesale outlets, and on walmart.com.
From design feasibility, to development, to production, having the right information to make good decisions can ultimately keep a product from failing validation. The key is highly focused information that doesn’t come from conventional, statistics-based tests but from accelerated stress testing.
There’s a good chance that a few of the things mentioned here won't fully come to fruition in 2015 but rather much later down the line. However, as Malcolm X once said, "The future belongs to those who prepare for it today."
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