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Old 09-25-2010, 09:39 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I've worked outside of Bentley at mass production manufacturer introducing 'error-proofing' device to stop missed or incompletely secured fastenings making it to the end of the line. My first thoughts when I heard about this was - I wonder if they have a similar 'safety net' system. because if sober people were making mistakes that warranted my work, then what chance is there for meople overcome with the munchies or less than 100% focused on getting that critical fastener to X lb/ft of torque?

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Old 09-25-2010, 10:00 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I've worked outside of Bentley at mass production manufacturer introducing 'error-proofing' device to stop missed or incompletely secured fastenings making it to the end of the line. My first thoughts when I heard about this was - I wonder if they have a similar 'safety net' system. because if sober people were making mistakes that warranted my work, then what chance is there for meople overcome with the munchies or less than 100% focused on getting that critical fastener to X lb/ft of torque?
Flipside - Being high has already been proven to have a calming effect, allowing some people to focus more intently on a single task.
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From what I've seen on the factory tour shows on TV, most of the jobs are mundane, repetitive, simple actions that are done over and over. The torquing of the fasteners is almost always done by the powered wrenches. I think I could do those jobs with a .08 BA and a couple Valiums on board.
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Flipside - Being high has already been proven to have a calming effect, allowing some people to focus more intently on a single task.
A friend of mine was in the Viet Nam war working in intelligence. The best code breakers were as high as kites because they could sit there for hours on end listening to enemy transmissions and "finding the patterns".

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You might also note that this is the company that decided to call their new high-end pickup the "Ram Laramie Longhorn", a name that clearly violates some of the prohibitions in Leviticus.
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No different from most factories or indeed any organisation IMHO, there are always slackers and wasters.

When strikers took over the Clyde shipyards in the 1970s their leader made a famour speech. Part of it said

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"There will be no hooliganism, there will be no vandalism, there will be no bevvying ..."
He knew his membership had a reputation for booze and he wanted none of it during the occupation.

It worked. At the time the yards were expected to close and according to the free market they should have. But they are making the RNs new Warships and Aircraft Carriers today. They are at risk again but they are still there.

Maybe if these workers spent more time supporting their company and less time on the lash, just maybe they might have something ?

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