Sleep, Shower or Slip up

In High Reliability Orgs, human error on June 2, 2011 at 10:09 am

Sad news coming out of Japan: workers at the nuclear power plants are stressed, sleep deprived and showerless (Hongo, 2011).  In addition to having lost their own homes to the Tsunami, the workers at the nuclear plants have gone up to 10 days with rest or showers in trying to keep the stricken reactors cool. The nuclear industry is already a high risk industry and these workers are really being expected to perform in a superhuman manner; dealing with occupational catastrophe as well as personal tragedy. While most of the articles are being written about the nuclear risk, there is worker risk at a much higher dimension than usual.  This is truly a tragic situation.

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