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Are you a lawyer or an engineer?

09.01.2011  |  Goble, W.,  exida LLC, Sellersville, Pennsylvania

Keywords: [safety] [HAZOP] [automation] [valves] [lawsuit] [accidents]

Have you ever questioned some legal decision? I have certainly wondered about the logic behind certain legal cases. When I read the “warning labels” on certain products, for example, I really wonder why you need this label. One thing seems certain. There are times when my engineering logic seems different from legal logic. I can recall several notorious examples in which the legal cases appeared to not make sense, but there is one that continues to reoccur in some variation. Since I have not really heard an example for a few years, I had assumed this kind of thinking no longer existed. Then a variation of this happened again—HAZOP refused!

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