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  •  That Securaplane three alarm fire ... (0+ / 0-)
    ... ignited when the battery Leon was using to conduct tests on the BCU exploded. Leon was a key witness to the fire and now suffers numerous health problems he attributes to it. ... He complained to Securaplane about the battery that later exploded, claiming it had been damaged and was unsafe. He also complained about the electronic load he was given for later tests on the BCU, which he also believed was unsafe.
    From the OSHA Administrative Law Judge's Decision and Order (PDF).  

    Maybe Leon -- diplomat or not -- was RIGHT to assertively question the wisdom of his supervisors' instructions and decisions?  Maybe Federal whistle-blower protection enforcement is a bit tilted toward employers?  Maybe the FAA is trying a bit too hard to help an American company in international competition?  Maybe today's Boeing (which is essentially yesterday's McDonnel-Douglas, the company whose management won the post-merger game of musical chairs and whose corporate culture now seems to have won out over Boeing's storied culture of quality engineering) should not have been allowed to become the ONLY American large commercial airplane maker?

    Maybe the fires we're seeing on the 787 are just chickens coming home to roost from 30 years of hollowing out government after St. Ronnie convinced the rubes that "Government is the problem, not the solution."

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