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NASA Worker Falls To His Death On Launch Pad

Soulskill posted more than 3 years ago | from the rest-in-peace dept.

NASA 202

RedEaredSlider writes "Tragedy has struck NASA as the organization announced a space shuttle worker fell to his death at the Endeavour launch pad this morning. NASA said the United Space Alliance worker fell at approximately 7:40 am eastern at the NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A. The launch pad is currently holding the space shuttle Endeavour, which is slated to launch on April 19."

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It looks like... (-1, Offtopic)

Shikaku (1129753) | more than 3 years ago | (#35482686)

He really slipped from the pier.

Re:It looks like... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35482714)

He really slipped from the pier.

Dude. Not funny.

Someone is dead ... stop being such a dick.

Re:It looks like... (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35482742)

Someone is dead ... stop being such a dick.

Lots of people are dead. Where are the Slashdot stories for them?

Re:It looks like... (1)

C_amiga_fan (1960858) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483122)

>>>Lots of people are dead. Where are the Slashdot stories for them?

Here ya go:
(AP) (MSNBC) Almost 150,000 people died today.

Most from old age, some from stupidity (driving too fast, climbing without ropes, etc), some from disease, a few were stillborn, and several experienced random accidents. Film at 11.

Re:It looks like... (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483588)

Where are the Slashdot stories for them?

When they're notable nerds, or die in a way that is of interest to nerds (falling off a launch pad qualifies) then the Slashdot stories for them are... uh... on slashdot.

Re:It looks like... (1)

Shikaku (1129753) | more than 3 years ago | (#35482796)

I would have probably drawn more ire if I said he fell from the pier into the pyre, which was my original idea.

Re:It looks like... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35482874)

I would have probably drawn more ire if I said he fell from the pier into the pyre, which was my original

DESIRE

Your only crime was missing the obvious rhyme.

Re:It looks like... (1)

Shikaku (1129753) | more than 3 years ago | (#35482918)

:(

Re:It looks like... (1)

Onuma (947856) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483056)

You coulda been a poet, didn't even know it!

Re:It looks like... (1)

Bucky24 (1943328) | more than 3 years ago | (#35482912)

Welcome to slashdot :D

Re:It looks like... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35482930)

His name is Robert Paulson

Re:It looks like... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35483494)

One person is dead by their own mistake.

The Japanese are in a much more critical situation right now because of a natural disaster.

Re:It looks like... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35482760)

A miscalculation caused a slip.

Re:It looks like... (1, Funny)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483008)

A miscalculation caused a slip.

Another metric vs english measurement unit malfunction for NASA?

Re:It looks like... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35483046)

A miscalculation caused a slip.

Another metric vs english measurement unit malfunction for NASA?

Yes. He was thinking in SI units and turned out the problem was in .... feet.

Yes, I'm going to Hell.

Re:It looks like... (1)

twidarkling (1537077) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483256)

I admit it, I laughed, and if I had mod points, you'd get one.

Re:It looks like... (1)

Hylandr (813770) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483612)

Assuming the cameras caught everything I wonder if there will be an analysis of the acceleration and downward trajectory?

Seems odd though, that nearly all of Nasa's accidents have involved something coming *down*

- Dan.
 

Re:It looks like... (1)

DriedClexler (814907) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483674)

No, you're just obligated by law to throw on your sunglasses and follow your remark with "... YEAH".

Re:It looks like... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35482762)

did the lemming thing

Well... (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35482696)

Well,

I hope he died doing what he loved. It's the least any of us can ask for.

Re:Well... (3, Funny)

Stele (9443) | more than 3 years ago | (#35482758)

What, falling?

Re:Well... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35482798)

falling is fun.

landing not so much.

Re:Well... (1)

Jason Levine (196982) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483040)

Speak for yourself. I have a fear of falling. Not heights, mind you, but falling. I'm fine looking out the (closed) window on the 20th floor. Put me on a 2nd floor balcony, however, and I slowly inch backwards and get very nervous when anyone approaches the edge. Sometimes even driving over bridges sets me off. (Never so bad that I can't make it over the bridge, but enough that I can't talk and have to focus solely on the road ahead.)

Re:Well... (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483336)

I have a fear of landing at unsurvivably high speeds. I've jumped on the transparent floor on the CN tower, but I wouldn't want to stand near the edge of a two-story drop without a guard rail.

Re:Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35483862)

Sounds like one of those sentences is backwards.
A two story drop is completely survivable (so you shouldn't fear it).
Falling from the CN tower is almost sure to kill you.

Sounds like you have a fear of landing at survivable but painful speeds.

Re:Well... (5, Funny)

Cinder6 (894572) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483730)

Paraphrasing a quote I can't quite remember well enough to attribute to anyone:

I'm not afraid of heights. I can look up at them all day. It's depths that bother me.

Re:Well... (1)

grub (11606) | more than 3 years ago | (#35482800)


"9.8 M/s^2 seems faster than it did in the simulation..."

Re:Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35482806)

Maybe he went skydiving as a hobby. :P

On another note...anyone else find it interesting that 2 tragedies to people involved with this mission have already happened before it even launched? First the commander's wife gets shot, now some random worker falls to his death.

Re:Well... (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35482838)

On another note...anyone else find it interesting that 2 tragedies to people involved with this mission have already happened before it even launched? First the commander's wife gets shot, now some random worker falls to his death.

Not really, you can find just as many dead people involved with a Superbowl, a racing event, or whatever else you like. Such "tragedies" are a fact of human life, they occur with statistical relevance.

Re:Well... (1)

swanzilla (1458281) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483188)

Stopping.

Re:Well... (1)

tokul (682258) | more than 3 years ago | (#35482856)

I hope he died doing what he loved.

Death was not instant. He was speeding down to the ground at terminal velocity when he died.

Re:Well... (1)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483186)

Death was not instant. He was speeding down to the ground at terminal velocity when Charles Darwin appeared to him, pointed, and laughed.

Re:Well... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35483634)

When your daughter mis-steps one day, and pulls out of a stop sign, and is t-boned, perhaps you can put "Charles Darwin appeared to her, pointed, and laughed." on her headstone.

Re:Well... (1)

deckitbruiseit (1369769) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483226)

Somehow I doubt he reached terminal velocity in the what.. 100 feet from the launch pad?

Re:Well... (1)

djdevon3 (947872) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483716)

It's not possible even if he dove like a peregrine falcon. For arguments sake let us assume he did not. He would need about a 1000ft in normal posture to achieve terminal velocity. In any event he likely died upon impact.

Re:Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35483852)

Unless that launch pad was a couple thousand feet high he did not reach terminal velocity. RIP.

Re:Well... (4, Insightful)

Burning1 (204959) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483192)

I say this as a guy who loves motorcycles... Think about them most of the day, commute on one, race one.

I do not want to die 'doing what I love.' I would rather die quietly in my sleep at an old age. I take some solace in the fact that a falling death is probably one of the less painful 'accidental deaths, still... I would hope for much better.

Re:Well... (3, Funny)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483616)

I do not want to die 'doing what I love.' I would rather die quietly in my sleep at an old age.

You don't love sleeping? Cause I do. Dying in my sleep would -totally- be dying doing one thing I love.

Re:Well... (1)

Cinder6 (894572) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483744)

I've known plenty of people who hate sleeping. I'm one of them. It just feels like such a waste of several hours that I would rather use for something else.

Re:Well... (1)

spire3661 (1038968) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483808)

Rest is just as important as activity, do not undervalue it.

Re:Well... (1)

Redbaran (918344) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483790)

I would rather die quietly in my sleep at an old age.

Me too... that's how my grandfather died and it certainly beats how all of the passengers in his car died.

Re:Well... (2)

pclminion (145572) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483194)

I've bungee jumped from 175 feet before. That's not far... But you have plenty of time to think about what's happening to you on the way down. I'm sure he was doing his dream job, but his last seconds of consciousness were probably the worst terror he'd ever experienced in his life. That really sucks.

Re:Well... (1)

deroby (568773) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483812)

Seconded.
I bungee jumped from a 103 m (ca 337 ft) bridge some years back. ( http://www.vertigeaventures.com/xindex.htm [vertigeaventures.com] )
I have no clue how deep the guy fell, but I remember two things very clearly
* you pick up speed ENORMOUSLY FAST, the air really rushes by as you go head first.
* the brain goes in some kind of overdrive making every second seem to take forever and although I did not quite see my life flash by, I sure had plenty of time to realize what was going on and wonder why that elastic cord hadn't started slowing me down yet.

Although he (hopefully) may not quite have "experienced" the landing, he'll sure as hell will have had a terrifying time going down =(

Hmmm (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35482702)

DILLIGAF?

one can easily forget... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35482710)

...that NASA, or any productive organisation, exists through the labour of thousands of dedicated and talented workers. We know the names of a few heroes, but everyone has his part.

Not News (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35482788)

How is this news? People have accidents and die every hour of every day.

Re:Not News (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35483266)

There were probably at least 50 specific courses of action, safeguards and cross-checks this guy took to keep himself safe as he worked. He should have been safer up there than he was on the drive to work that morning -- in fact safer than pretty much any other time in his life.

Very sad news for Brevard (2)

f1vlad (1253784) | more than 3 years ago | (#35482804)

Truly sad news :( having met few workers at Kennedy Space Center right after Discovery last launch, I have no doubt he died doing what he loved. From astronaut to tour guide bus driver, KSC employees proud of what they're part of. Sad day for Brevard Co residents.

Re:Very sad news for Brevard (4, Funny)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483168)

I have no doubt he died doing what he loved.

Skydiving.

Re:Very sad news for Brevard (0)

f1vlad (1253784) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483590)

Sorry for delay in response, only just now stopped laughing.

NASA should be disbanded (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35483762)

More people have died working for NASA than by the Japanese nuclear power plants since this weekend.

Modays (0)

datavirtue (1104259) | more than 3 years ago | (#35482826)

Reminds me of a Monday.

Re:Modays (0, Offtopic)

Stargoat (658863) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483164)

It's not a Monday. It's the time change.

There are more accidents after the Spring Time Change. There are more fatalities after the spring time change. Why are we doing this to ourselves?

This is foolish. We should either stay standard time or stay daylight savings time. But this back and forth kills people and productivity.

Standing in line (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35482828)

I misread pad as IPad, but didn't think it was anything special - queues at launch can get quite hectic :\

Why? (2)

pclminion (145572) | more than 3 years ago | (#35482830)

That's really awful. But... Aren't these guys supposed to be clipped in when they're working up there?

Re:Why? (1)

jandrese (485) | more than 3 years ago | (#35482848)

Probably he's a candidate for one of those safety videos where someone takes a shortcut and ends up dead/horribly mutilated.

Re:Why? (1)

Zerth (26112) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483060)

Or one of those "Is your awesome job about to end? Don't know what you'll do next, but are sure it won't be as awesome as working on the space shuttle? Don't jump off the launch tower, call 1-800-GET-HELP" videos.

Re:Why? (2)

Megane (129182) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483474)

Like Staplerfahrer Klaus? [google.com]

Re:Why? (1)

rich3rd (559032) | more than 3 years ago | (#35482966)

I was just browsing pictures on NASA's site the other day that showed workers on lifts wearing harnesses. In an environment where dropping a wrench could cause millions of dollars in damage, these have got to be some of the most careful workers around, which leads me to believe that something really unusual must have happened, like several things going wrong at once. TFA is quite short on details. It goes without saying that damage to expensive equipment can not be compared to the loss of a human life, but I'm saying it anyway.

Re:Why? (3, Interesting)

linuxgurugamer (917289) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483094)

When you investigate any horrific accident, such as an airplane crash, train crash, etc., it always turns out that there wasn't a single cause of it, but rather a confluence of several events/actions which combined led to the tragedy.

I suspect that the same may be here, as well.

Re:Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35483492)

Thank you, thank you, thank you for not saying "perfect storm".

Re:Why? (1)

petermgreen (876956) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483574)

My first guess would be a worker being lax about actually using his safety harness* (possiblly caused by time or other pressures, possiblly just as a result of overconfidence) on combined with a sudden surprise making him lose his footing.

*note that wearing a safety harness is not the same as using it. For a safety harness to protect the wearer it has to be actually attatched to something solid, prefferablly with a shock absorbing section in between the harness and attatchment point.

Re:Why? (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483058)

That's really awful. But... Aren't these guys supposed to be clipped in when they're working up there?

Metric clips vs Imperial clips?

Seriously though, I've worn a climbing harness to do light telco wiring (admittedly decades ago) and one annoying failure mode was the thing you clip on breaking. In that situation you are very firmly and securely attached to something falling right next to you.... I always felt weird cliping onto the basket right where they did the repair welding... I would not be surprised if whatever he clipped onto, landed on top of him.

Re:Why? (4, Informative)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483866)

That's really awful. But... Aren't these guys supposed to be clipped in when they're working up there?

Apparently there are some contexts in which OHSA will allow free-climbing since tying in as actually more dangerous.

A friend sent me this [liveleak.com] video a while back (sorry for the flash) ... it shows some guy climbing a really tall tower and not being tied on for the most part.

Not for the faint of heart or people who really don't like heights. It's not something I'd be willing to do.

Sad but... (0, Troll)

masterwit (1800118) | more than 3 years ago | (#35482836)

This makes me sad, but I have to wonder how this is "News for Nerds, Stuff that Matters."

I mean are we going to start reporting all tech related deaths in every scientific industry?
Perhaps we as a Slashdot community need a dual feed or a different tag:
interest to the scientific community vs. news that matters for a bigger picture ...an "in-between" idle if you would.

I am not an ass, however, and this is a sad story and I do feel for the family, coworkers, and friends.

Re:Sad but... (2)

cant_get_a_good_nick (172131) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483300)

This makes me sad, but I have to wonder how this is "News for Nerds, Stuff that Matters.

To get meta it's not what you think matters. But it sure is something I'm glad i read.

This is the last launch of the shuttle. It was supposed to be the height of tech, yet we lost two shuttle crews and two shuttles. Losing another person before the launch just adds another layer to the sadness about the launch. Not only will we lose the ability of manned flight for some time, but a bunch of very smart engineers will be out of work. And more abstract, we lose a bit of the shine on our national tech halo.

All of this makes this launch very important, and a death now attached to it even more significant.

I don't think you're a dick, but i do wonder why you're complaining about it. To open the story and comment on it takes a lot more effort than just ignoring it completely.

Re:Sad but... (2)

twidarkling (1537077) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483342)

How it matters is that space mission funding is precarious, and the equipment is easily damaged. A death on the launch pad will not be brushed aside. It will be a thorough investigation with potential delays in the mission, and implications on future funding decisions if the mission is delayed. Moreso, if something was damaged in the accident, the mission might be scrubbed for an indeterminate amount of time.

However, the focus of the story is on human tragedy, and the life that ended, leaving it up to the reader to realise what this could mean. I realize that means you'd have to actually put some thought in, but this is Slashdot. Commenters are supposed to be fairly intelligent folk.

Actually... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35482842)

It was the sabotage work of Gary Busey...

Crazy Matter Streams (1)

DarthVain (724186) | more than 3 years ago | (#35482962)

I am pretty sure if Gary Busey and Charlie Sheen crossed paths the world might end.

Re:Actually... (1)

irussel (78667) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483570)

Wouldn't that be Jake Busey? For anybody that's seen Contact at least.

If anyone follows OSHA... (2)

Grapplebeam (1892878) | more than 3 years ago | (#35482868)

It's gotta be NASA. How did this happen?

Re:If anyone follows OSHA... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35483044)

People working in potentially dangerous conditions at 7:40 in the morning a day after we all lost an hour of sleep to Daylight Savings Time...yeah that could end badly.

Re:If anyone follows OSHA... (1)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483868)

After these idiot time changes, I'm usually dangerously sleep-deprived until about April.

Slow news day? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35482872)

Holy slow news day story.

1...2...3...hold it (1, Insightful)

TiggertheMad (556308) | more than 3 years ago | (#35482944)

The launch pad is currently holding the space shuttle Endeavour, which is slated to launch on April 19."

I thought we were done launching shuttles? Wasn't the most recent mission the last one? There was just an article the other day about William Shattner sending a final congratulations message to the orbiting shuttle crew.

Re:1...2...3...hold it (4, Informative)

C0vardeAn0nim0 (232451) | more than 3 years ago | (#35482980)

it was the last lauch for _discovery_. atlantis and endeavour still have one launch each on the schedule

Re:1...2...3...hold it (1)

Ken D (100098) | more than 3 years ago | (#35482982)

It was the last mission for THAT shuttle.

It's being decommissioned now and will never go back to space.

Re:1...2...3...hold it (1)

SJHillman (1966756) | more than 3 years ago | (#35482986)

That was the last mission for Discovery... there's still two more shuttles, Endeavor being one of them.

Re:1...2...3...hold it (4, Informative)

ATestR (1060586) | more than 3 years ago | (#35482992)

The mission that just ended was the last flight of Discovery. The other two shuttles each have one final flight before they two are sent to museums.

Re:1...2...3...hold it (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483090)

I thought one of the post-Columbia safety protocols was always have a stack ready to go in case a rescue mission is necessary. Waiver?

Re:1...2...3...hold it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35483352)

There is one more scheduled launch, and the other shuttle is being prepped in the case a rescue mission is necessary, but will not actually launch.

Re:1...2...3...hold it (4, Informative)

PyroMosh (287149) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483424)

Basically the rule says that if the shuttle is going to an orbit where it can rendezvous with ISS, that a backup has to be able to reach ISS within 28 days. During that time, the astronauts can stay there, but beyond 28 days, ISS can't really handle the extra crew.

If the shuttle mission is to an orbit where rendezvous is NOT possible, a vessel has to be ready to go more or less immediately (7 days if I recall).

Since the Columbia disaster, I believe only one mission was to a non-ISS orbit. (The final Hubble Space Telescope upgrade mission) This is the only time that two shuttles were on the pad simultaneously.

Now for the specific situation going on now:

The next flight will be Endeavour, and Atlantis will be the designated rescue shuttle.

Atlantis will fly the final mission of the shuttle program, (if the funding is approved) and there will be no space shuttle available as a backup. Because of this, Atlantis will only be carrying a crew of 4 so if something goes wrong with it, they can recover the crew via Russian capsule(s) while the four stay at ISS.

Re:1...2...3...hold it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35482994)

Final launch for Discovery. The article is about Endeavour.

Re:1...2...3...hold it (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35483118)

Yeah, they have been playing the "Last Mission" card for about 6 months now.

Fell? Yeah, RIiiight. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35483026)

He probably jumped, knowing that his job is about to go away.

OSHA may have a field day here (5, Interesting)

subk (551165) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483038)

Where was his harness and shock-cord? I have seen contractors get BIG whammies for letting workers "strap out", and this at only 35ft. This guy should have fallen about eight feet and suffered a cracked rib or two from the shock-cord snapping him a bit, but a fall to the death? At a NASA facility? That would require CCCPish levels of idiocy.

Re:OSHA may have a field day here (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35483214)

Having worked at a national lab, I'm similarly amazed. The rules are very strict (e.g. you have to be safety-trained to even use a regular ladder to fetch something up high). For this to have happened, the worker must have been violating the safety rules. (It's possible, but much less likely, that there was some kind of equipment failure.) One thing the investigation will have to look into is whether this was just one employee breaking the rules, endangering himself, or whether higher-ups were aware of the corner-cutting and let it happen anyways. Or, worse, is a superior was pressuring him to complete certain work in an unsafe manner.

Again, from my experience I would guess it was the worker himself who was side-stepping the rules. (I hate to sound like I'm blaming the victim, though...) Typically management get in so much trouble (and have to deal with so much paperwork and lost productivity from shutdowns) that they really do care about safety and DO NOT want anyone breaking a safety rule.

Then again, I'm speaking in generalities. We'll have to wait and see what led to this particular tragedy.

Re:OSHA may have a field day here (1)

pclminion (145572) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483320)

A friend of mine who works mostly blue-collar jobs has been told by more than one foreman on a work site: "If you fall from rigging, your employment is terminated before you hit the ground." Apparently this is how they sidestep safety regulations -- I'm not responsible for that guy, he wasn't my employee.

Re:OSHA may have a field day here (1)

tophermeyer (1573841) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483534)

IME from my younger days, jobs sites like that are the exception. Unless you're working for a really shitty contractor you probably have foremen that know how dangerous working in rigging can be and make sure their guys are happy, comfortable, and safe. Nobody likes seeing anyone get hurt at a job site. And nobody who works for a living would want to see a job shut down (and people out of work) because someone else was cutting corners and being unsafe.

Of course I have no personal knowledge of what the conditions are like for NASA shuttle techs, but I have a hard time believing that really specialized technicians like that have any motivation to cut corners.

Re:OSHA may have a field day here (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483856)

I'm not sure about OSHA, but I know our state L&I compliance personnel don't adhere to that standard. If I'm out flagging and I so much as utter the words "I don't know" that's a willful violation right there, the company is ultimately responsible for making sure that the employees know about the safety requirements and if there is a violation knowing why it was done that way. A willful violation carries a much stiffer penalty than one that's accidental. And often times they'll let you off with a warning if you just correct the error or explain why it wasn't possible to fully comply.

Around here if an accident like that happened, the foreman and the company would still be responsible for the other employees being out of compliance and almost certainly the one that died as well. Just so that they can't sidestep it in that fashion.

Re:OSHA may have a field day here (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35483448)

And his family will probably get screwed out of his life insurance because he wasn't using his safety harness.

Re:OSHA may have a field day here (1)

wkk2 (808881) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483656)

People never think they will fall so they do dumb things. Yesterday, a friend told me that one of his workers was caught standing an extension ladder on top of a small SUV to gain a little extra height. A crew painting my house “borrowed” a 14-gauge extension cord without asking. They used it to lower themselves down a 12:12 pitch roof. Idiots! If they had just asked, I would have let them use a 12.5 mm kernmantle rope and harness. They damaged the cord and cut the top shingle.

Houston, (-1, Flamebait)

SJHillman (1966756) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483160)

We have a prob... *SPLAT*

Not nearly as impressive as... (1)

Baloo Uriza (1582831) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483264)

...having your body scattered across 10 states. RIP, Columbia.

related news (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35483276)

200 workers were heard loudly yelling "You're going the wrong way!!!" as he fell.

too soon?

last life? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35483366)

I just hope this is the last death due to the shuttle program...

Spiderman (0)

The Great Pretender (975978) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483426)

...oops! I thought this was a post about a Broadway play

I know what to play at his funeral: (0)

Lilith's Heart-shape (1224784) | more than 3 years ago | (#35483526)

"High Speed Dirt" by Megadeth

So.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35483692)

..did the tanks insulation foam get damaged?

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