How Far Should the Design Go?

TitleHow Far Should the Design Go?
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsLetton, A, Layton, J, Yannitell, D, Latcha, MA, Wilhelmsen, AR
PublisherTexas A&M University
Keywordsmechanical engineering , Workplace Safety
AbstractOn May 5, 1989 Mr. Bill Brands, owner and CEO for Acme Industries, an asphalt manufacturer, was involved in an industrial accident, resulting in the loss of a worker's life. During routine plant maintenance, Mr. Brands decided to replace a motor that drives a pump through a flexible rubber coupling. Was the design of the motor/coupler/pump system unnecessarily dangerous? As a forensic engineer, what information do you need for your technical analysis?
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