On January 15, 1919, one of the most tragic and strange disasters occurred in Boston, Massachusetts. It was around forty degrees that day, when two days previously it had been only two degrees. At 12:30 PM 2,300,000 gallons of molasses spilled into the streets near Keany Square after the tank holding it exploded, most think due to a combination of poor design and the drastic temperature flux. The aftermath was tragic, with twenty one deaths and one hundred and fifty injured. The company who owned the tank was quick to blame others, but soon it was found that the tank was poorly constructed, and if more time had been taken, the Boston Molasses Disaster would never have happened.
The CMA received a follow up stating that everything had been corrected. Another letter was sent from the CMA asking for details in March of 1947. On March 25, 1947 the explosion occurred (Martin 1948). I believe that if someone actually went to inspect these corrections that were made the explosion or the 111 causalities could have been avoided.
Introduction. On 06 January 2005, a cargo train carrying a massive amount of chlorine spilled in Graniteville, South Carolina creating panic and indeed chaos to both citizens and emergency managers on how to properly respond to the hazardous materials released from the train wreckage. The people of the small rural town of Graniteville located just outside of Aiken, South Carolina, where caught in their sleep when Freight train 192 traveling approximately 47 mph struck other consignments spilling a dangerous amount of chlorine gas into the atmosphere. As a result of this disaster, 5,400 individuals were evacuated from their homes whiling causing nine death. The magnitude of such disaster was one that would change any town or city forever.
“The slums ... are generally unplanned wildernesses of [small] houses,” (Document 7). These conditions were just as bad as the factory because it was filled with filth. Furthermore, the lack of sanitation created “stagnant, stinking puddles,” (Document 7). Because these were places of similar conditions to the factories, the workers would constantly be exposed to these pathogens, again risking their lives and their future. These tradeoffs were not fair to the workers seeing as they were throwing out their entire lives for the simple convenience of others.
DuPont was aware of the harmful effects this chemical had on animals and people but ignored the issue in accordance of high profit. Not only were people affected in the local community, but people in surrounding areas were also affected. Thousands of people and large amounts of property were inflicted with poor air quality and poor drinking water. DuPont had later discovered that there were dust fumes emerging from the factories that were unhealthy for people to inhale, and later found it in the drinking water. DuPont also found an astonishing key of evidence, they had found PFOA in the water, and it was twice the amount of what was allowed, and could cause some serious issues. They had known about the levels and did not notify any workers or anyone in the community due to the fear of loss of profit. Men and women were coming home with a fever, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. These workers endured injurious experiences, and were never notified about the condition in which they were working. DuPont was named as not trustworthy, and at times known to practice illegal activity. After going through the experiences of which they just endured, they might go through the process of mental thinking or what they just went through was not right and should not have happened to me. That process is known as
The last issue raised by the growth and production of manchester was the pollution cuased by the factorys fumes. Many of the workers inhaled these toxic fumes and became sick. Acording to Flora Trsitan “with every breath of foul air they asorbed fibers of cotton, wool, or flas, or particles of copper, lead or iron” (doc 7). Fumes from the production within the factory were being pumped into the air. Thes toxic fumes can be seen in the picture in document 11. The air in this picture is black and filled with smoke from the factories. Many workers died due to the pollution from the factories.
There are multiple important people and organizations involved with this gasoline pipeline explosion. The most important would be the Olympic Pipeline Company itself. The Olympic Pipeline Company is operated by BP Pipelines. BP Pipelines is the second largest pipeline company in the United States. There were a few important employees involved in this case that worked for Olympic. There were the inspectors of the gasoline pipeline, which were to inspect the pipeline’s mechanics. Also, there were the employees who were responsible for installing a pressure relief system that did not work. In addition, the computer system administrator was very important since this person was working on the software development of the pipeline’s control system during
Many associate the environmental pollution generated by the ASARCO plant and Encycle facility to the increased ailments that include cancer, kidney infections, asthma, as well as the cases of miscarriages (Kiii News, 2013). The diseases like cancer surely do not develop overnight. Therefore, the complaints of the residents could not just be neglected based on the reasons that the latest TCEQ assessment had no indication that environmental pollution has caused the increased illnesses in the community. If the frequent soil clean up operations in the past years improved the recent environmental health, the fact that the residents had been exposed to pollution in the past years and exposure continues, could never be
The chairman and the member secretary were informed about the fire at first floor, a Block, Mod Lab and they rushed immediately at the incidence of the fire occurred at 1-35-S Mod lab on 14/2/2016.
Three causes of the 1984 Bhopal Chemical Plant disaster in India were long-term financial difficulties, poor safety management and inadequate emergency plans. The disaster occurred when water entered a methyl isocyanate (MIC) storage tank, which led to a runaway reaction and then discharged toxic MIC vapour into the atmosphere. The leak caused the deaths of more than 2,000 people and injured about 200,000 locals in the surrounding shanty towns (Kletz 2009, p. 338).
Broughton, Edward, “The Bhopal disaster and its aftermath: a review”, Edward Broughton, Environ Health. 2005; Published online 2005 May, 10http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1142333/
The series of ethical issues that took place leading to the disaster are complex, and other factors such as economic and political issues arose after the catastrophe happened. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the ethical issues that took place before the disaster happened, and investigate the moral obligations, social responsibility and justice at an individual and organizational level. The ethical dilemma is broken down into three categories, which include the company’s management priority to reduce costs and time, neglecting safety issues addressed by staff, human misjudgment and errors in neglecting pressure reading; and finally, overlooking the technical design flaws that were not tested by BP before installing to use. The
A single slip in action may cause lasting sorrow. A slight mistake in operation at a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal of India causes a lot of deaths and injuries. What a tragedy it is. Undoubtedly, there must be something wrong with the management of the plant.
The second section of the book focused on the chemical industry, specifically vinyl chloride, where it was explained there was little known about the effects of chemicals. Because of this, there was the question of whether “a product was to be considered safe until proven dangerous” or vice versa where a product was considered dangerous until proven safe. This time the public showed greater opposition to the use of vinyl chloride, as environmentalists and labor unions united to reveal the harmful effects of it. Similar to the lead industry, the chemical industry also fought back reasoning to the government that only high levels of chemical exposure was harmful to people and the government