September 2011

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HP Automation Safety: Are you a lawyer or an engineer?

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 reall..

Goble, W., exida LLC

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! Identifying process risks. Sever

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