Case Study Three: Job Safety by Doug Anderson

| June 19, 2015

Case Study Three: Job Safety by Doug Anderson

Project description
Use the computer to write a short essay (between one-and-half and two pages per case study) in giving detailed response to these cases.

Case Study Three: Job Safety by Doug Anderson
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Valley Printing does a lot of work in the binding of books. The equipment used for this type of work is notorious for breaking down, because of the large number of

moving parts. Because the breakdowns are so frequent, sometimes the safety guards are left off of the machines after the repairs are completed so that the next time

the machine breaks down it will be quicker to repair.
Sue works on a machine that is missing a safety guard and is injured by the machine. Sue’s arm is broken and she must miss work for six weeks. Valley Printing offers

to pay Sue full salary during her recovery and give her a job when she is ready to work again.
After almost six weeks Sue feels that she is ready to come back to work. She is hired back at her old job and pay, but the same conditions still exist of the missing

safety guard. After talking to a few of the other employees, Sue decides that she will sue Valley Printing for their negligence.
Questions:
Is Sue justified in her actions?
Was Valley Printing justified in the way they treated Sue?
Did Sue take advantage of her employer?
Did Valley Printing take advantage of an employee?
Is it ethical to ask employees to use equipment with existing safety hazards?

CaseStudyFour: Who Owns the Field Notes?
Jerry Vaughn contracted with a federal agency to conduct a social impact assessment of proposed topographicchangesinanaboriginalhabitatinafarnorthregionofNorthAmerica.

The contract contained no stipulations regarding ownership of data. In order to determine the potential impacts on the culture of peoples living in that region, Vaughn

engaged in participant observation (keeping a detailed field notebook of same);
conducted in-depth personal interviews; and took over 1,000 photographs of people working,socializing,and enjoy in go there very day and special activities. This work

was carried out over a one year period. Vaughn was paid75% of his contracted salary and other expenses before the fieldwork.
Vaughn then wrote a 150-page report detailing the areas of social life that would be adversely affected if the plans were implemented. He further noted that,if the

plans were implemented as proposed,there couldbenomitigationsthatcouldpreventthepeople’sculturefrombeingtotallyaltered. Because of these severe conclusions, the agency

director instructed Vaughn to turn over his entire research record in
order that the agency could solicit another opinion on the matter. Furthermore,the direct or told Vaughn that unless he would turn over the record, no further payment

would be made to him.
Vaughn’s Dilemma: Should he turn over the interview materials, the photographs, and his field notes, all of which contained sensitive and personal information? Should

he turn over only part of his record? Or, should he refuse to turn anything over to the agency?

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