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Why Do We Need Safety?

 

“If eternal vigilance is the price of liberty,

then chronic unease is the price of safety."

 

-James Reason,

“Managing the Risk of Organizational Accidents"

 

 

1. To Protect Personnel: What could be more important than protecting loss of life?

 

Apollo 1

 

 

Challenger

 

 

Columbia

 

 

2. To Protect Hardware and Equipment: We are building one of a kind hardware items

 

NOAA N Prime

 

 

Nuclear Compton Telescope (NCT) Balloon Mishap 

 

 

3. To help prevent the loss of time and money:  Once it is gone, you can never fully get it back

         
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