The Mining Engineer, Moral Luck, and Professional Accountability

TitleThe Mining Engineer, Moral Luck, and Professional Accountability
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsHaliburton, RFC, Kazakidis, VN
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Publication Languageeng
AbstractThis paper argues that engineers do bear responsibility when mining accidents occur, though depending on the circumstances surrounding any particular accident, ascriptions of moral 'responsibility' do not always mean that the engineer is morally 'blameworthy'. The authors conclude that professional accountability and moral responsibility require that the mining engineer take practical steps to ensure that high safety standards are upheld, and that, when accidents occur, steps are taken to identify the causes so that similar tragedies can be avoided in the future.
NotesCover Date: October 1998.Source Info: 4(4), 437-456. Language: English. Journal Announcement: 33-1. Subject: ACCOUNTABILITY; ENGINEERING; ETHICS; LUCK; MINING. Update Code: 20090226.
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