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    BlackSheep1, judyms9, nextstep

    is, what caused the fire? And whose fault might it have been?

    It would be nice to have answers to those questions before we start stringing up the plant's owners and/or managers (and this was a pretty tiny operation).

    It's also worth recalling that there are also disasters caused by dumb workers—like the idiot who triggered the Horween Leather disaster in Chicago in '78 (8 dead) by forcing the wrong hose into the wrong intake valve. All the smart engineering and strict regulating in the world is unlikely to withstand the dynamic duo of bad luck and human stupidity.

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