…check out the treatment a concrete inspector for Aggregate Industries NE received from superiors when he conscientiously voiced concern
In an interview yesterday, Daniel Johnston, a fourth whistle-blower who filed suit in 2006 and will receive $75,000, said he was a concrete inspector for Aggregate on the Big Dig when he began to suspect that too-old concrete was being recycled and delivered as new.
When he questioned the practice, he said, Aggregate personnel told him, “This is how business is done.” He said later that he was warned his questions could cause him to wind up “in a hole.”
Johnston said he was worried that the substandard concrete was creating a safety risk.
How about this utterly mind-boggling refusal to act by NASA officials?
NASA officials at least twice disregarded warnings from flight surgeons and astronauts that crew members who were getting ready to go into space appeared to be drunk?
I’d like to invite fellow BMG readers to offer any thoughts on:
What is going on with us when 1) you have one of world’s most expensive and complex public works projects – the Big Dig – and vendors think it’s OK to cut corners on *safety* and *quality* to save money or time and 2) you have one of humankind’s most expensive and complex flight endeavors – manned space flight – and officials apparently think it’s OK to allow *drunk* crew members to fly in order “to keep up with demanding flight schedules?”
Has it always been thus or are we getting worse? Why/why not?
P.S. Most of the Big Dig has gone “right,” I suppose, as has most of what NASA does. Their accomplishments are prodigious. But it rankles that any in positions of authority, such as those described above, could exhibit such low ethical and professional standards pertaining to their roles in the success and safety of the Big Dig or space flights.
P.P.S. Not to mention the loose highway grates on 128. I wonder if someone said, “Gee, boss, I don’t think those’ll hold under regular traffic. Boss? Did you hear me, boss?”