Summary of what led to yesterday’s radiological injuries:
Possibly hazardous work was performed by untrailed personnel. Hazard extent: unknown. The workers sent to do the work were incapable of determining the hazard.
That hazard was present, in levels vastly beyond the expected. But the workers possessed alarms intended for just that occasion. The alarms functioned as intended and designed.
The workers then chose to ignore the alarms and procede into the hazard.
Here are other hazards. Play out that above scenario for each. Hazard, Alarm, Consequence of proceding.
Hazard: gravity. Warning: vertigo. Consequence: death.
Hazard: car. Warning: busy highway. Consequence: death.
Hazard: electricity. Warning: arcs, buzzing sound. Consequence: death.
Hazard: Confined Space. Warning: oxygen alarm. Consequence: death.
Hazard: fire. Warning: singed eyebrows. Consequence: death.
Hazard: man-eating bear. Warning: man-eating bear. Consequence: death.
Hazard: beta radiation.
Alarm: multiple shrieking Electronic Personal Dosimeters.
Consequence: severe skinburn to feet and lower legs.
(Plus possibly a higher chance of future skin cancer than from skinburn by UV radiation. Which is also a known carcinogen.)
Warning: odd looks from others.