Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsHarris, CE, Pritchard, MS, Rabins, MJ
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsEmployer/Employee Relationships , ENGINEERING , professional responsibility
AbstractAxtell Inc. designs, manufactures and installs large containers designed to store highly active chemicals. When the installation of these containers includes highly complex procedures, Axtell sends out two engineers to supervise the instillation, thereby exceeding what is required by law and helping to enhance the quality and safety of Axtell's services and products. During one instillation period, Tom Banks, an engineer nearing the end of his one-month trial period at the company, is working with veteran engineer Charles Yost. Tom is extremely proficient, and has already mastered his role as an engineer. Tom notices that Charles is extremely tired and lethargic, and is too ill to really concentrate on his work. Charles suggests that Tom supervise the remaining work to be done on the instillation, and he will just put his tag on it at the end of the process.
NotesCase from Harris, Charles, Michael Pritchard and Michael Rabins. Engineering Ethics: Concepts and Cases. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company, 2000. Available from the Wadsworth website.
Abbreviated Case NameContainers
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