2-8-10 Professional-Responsibility - revision

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Professional Responsibilities Professional Responsibilities of Engineers of Engineers
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“Responsible” Responsible:    1)  liable to be called on to answer; liable to  legal review or in case of fault to penalties;   2)  able to answer for one’s conduct and  obligations; able to choose for oneself between  right and wrong. ..  ( Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate  Dictionary )
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One philosophy of responsibility Cicero’s Creed: "Salus populi suprema est  lex," Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106 - 43 BC  (“The safety of the public shall be the[ir]  highest law" [Broome 1986]) This may be the earliest statement of an  engineer’s responsibility
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How should we define the  responsibilities of engineers? The engineer is responsible for making sure his  work does not harm the public health, safety or  welfare The engineer is responsible for protecting the  public health, safety and welfare The engineer is responsible for protecting the  public health, safety and welfare, to the extent that  his work affects these
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Ways in which  harm can be caused Negligently--by failing to exercise due care Recklessly--acting in a way that we  recognize might cause harm Intentionally--not common for professionals  to cause harm by intent
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Responsibilities  of engineers Legal responsibilities:  Not to cause harm;  to compensate when harm is caused; to  practice in accord with Engineering  Practices Act Moral responsibilities:  To recognize and discharge our duties while  satisfying our obligations to the public; to understand and adhere to  a Code of Ethics
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Responsibilities  of engineers Legal responsibilities:  Not to cause harm; to compensate when  harm is caused; to practice in accord with Engineering Practices Act Moral responsibilities:  To recognize and  discharge our duties while satisfying our  obligations to the public; to understand and  adhere to a Code of Ethics
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Missouri City  Antenna Tower Collapse For more details, see: http://ethics.tamu.edu/ethics/tvtower/tv3.htm#analysis
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Scenario Contractor (rigger) awarded erection contract
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Tower erection method Tower (about 1000 ft) Gin pole Tower sections (40 ft) Antenna Section
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Scenario, cont’d. .. During erection, rigger realizes lifting points 
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This note was uploaded on 09/11/2010 for the course ENGR 482 taught by Professor Russell during the Fall '08 term at Texas A&M.

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