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Post-Test Case: Union Carbide Corporation and Bhopal Andrew Driver Troy University
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Ethical Issues 1. Negligence from the Plant Operators and Employees. There were hints all over the company regarding the imminence of a gas leakage, but the operators were very slow to react and respond. If they had been any faster, they would have contained the situation and prevented the gas leak. Additionally, the company employees are partial to blame for the gas leak incident. Every company has an outlined procedure for handling emergencies, and when there is an emergency, everyone is supposed to abide by these procedures no matter the reason. Immediately after the emergency started, and the evacuation alarm was sounded, everyone was supposed to evacuate the production plant. However, there were some people who ignored using emergency buses which had been set aside to help relinquish people. UCC’s report indicated that one of the disgruntled employees whose name they withheld was solely responsible for the gas leakage aftermath. UCC argued that the employee wanted a promotion but no one within UCIL was ready to give him an opportunity to air his views and the reason why he thought that he needed to be promoted. It can be seen throughout this whole case, the high level of negligence by the both plant operators and employees alike. 2. Local and National Government Control and Intervention Bhopal city administrator, M.N. Buchi, had proposed that the pesticides plant be relocated to another area preferably 15 miles from where all industrial operations would be conducted. This was a proposal by the Bhopal city board following threats of pollution from neighboring manufacturing firms. However, this did not happen as his efforts were thwarted by a several individuals in the local government who collaborated with many executive members in the UCIL who were against this move. Once the Bhopal plant was set up by UCIL, many people
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established settlements in areas around the plant. Many people from the rural areas moved and settled in areas near the pesticides plant with hopes that they would be employed. The local government did not take any initiatives to curb such settlement, despite the fact that they knew settling near a pesticide plant exposed them to unimaginable health threats. One journalist had covered an investigative piece regarding the leakage of phosgene gas where a Bhopal plant employee was killed. The government did not comment nor followed up on this issue. The Indian government was busy advocating that UCIL should be an independent firm free from the control and influence from their mother company. This was only a malicious move
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  • Spring '19
  • Dr Bholer
  • Bhopal disaster, UCIL

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