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Roger Boisjoly-The Challenger Disaster



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Year 1987
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Consult Personal Advisors

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What is the problem confronting Boisjoly here? The shuttle is already behind schedule, and the leaks in the primary seal in Flight 51C in January 1985 occurred during the worst temperature change in Florida history -- hardly everyday conditions. Which of the following actions would be appropriate to take at this point?

Answer: Consult personal advisors.

Consulting personal advisors is always acceptable except when faced with an emergency -- which this is not. Consulting those who know you well and whom you trust is a particularly good idea when you need to do something that is particularly difficult, or that "pushes your buttons." For example, when dealing with authority figures, suppose you find it difficult to disagree with them, or suppose you are prone to be belligerent. Those who know you well can help you cope with your own foibles. Occasions that expose foibles or "push your buttons" vary greatly with the individual.

Cite this page: "Consult Personal Advisors" Online Ethics Center for Engineering 5/21/2006 OEC Accessed: Monday, August 19, 2019 <>