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Homework Help: Incident question - historical event with lack of ethics

  1. May 22, 2013 #1
    incident question -- historical event with lack of ethics

    I have to Write a report outlining an historical event in which a lack of ethics has caused the injury or loss of life. You
    should discuss the issues with reference to the Engineers Australia code of ethics.

    i cant find any events !!! an any body help me out ?
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  3. May 22, 2013 #2


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    Do they have to be Australian events or just events where the Aussie ethics code would say something relevant about it? Have you googled "engineering ethics case study"?
  4. May 22, 2013 #3
    Try http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Gate_Bridge
    I read about it in a book: Bignell, Victor and Fortune, Joyce (1984). Understanding Systems Failures. Manchester: Manchester University Press. It was a chapter in the book.(web ref http://oro.open.ac.uk/12943/) From memory, one of the firms found at fault (Freeman Fox and Partners) bought up almost all the reports of the enquiry, but one slipped through to a library from which the chapter in the book was written. The whole thing raises a number of ethical issues including the attempt at suppressing the report of enquiry.
  5. May 22, 2013 #4
    You can write about the Space Shuttle Challenger which killed 7 people in 1986. In a documentary I watched once, thay said that an engineer had submitted a report, warning about the faulty O-ring but no one called off the launch. I don't know if this is a conspiracy theory or a fact but you don't have anything to lose if you check it out.
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    Asbestos mining.
  8. May 23, 2013 #7
    i am thinking of west gate bridge or chernobyl !!!!
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