Re: "Obvious" warnings - drawing the line

Subject: Re: "Obvious" warnings - drawing the line
From: letoured -at- together -dot- net
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 06 Aug 2002 01:46:39 -0400

In <3D4F0E40 -dot- 48FF648E -at- optonline -dot- net>, on 08/05/02
at 07:46 PM, Peter <pnewman1 -at- optonline -dot- net> said:

>letoured -at- together -dot- net wrote:

>> You understood what I meant. Of course if you want to make the argument that
>> you didn't understand, go ahead -- but writers who work on utility systems,
>> chemical plants, railroads, shipbuilding, military equipment, and more -- know
>> them quite well.
>> They work and very well, unless the writer is a complete dummy taking things
>> to the extreme <s> -- which not only wouldn't get past the sign-off review,
>> but neither would the writer if he ever tried it again.
>Of course I understand what you meant. As others have pointed out it depends
>on who you are writing for. If he intended user is the general public than
>the old saying "stupidity has no bounds" is applicable. It is always a
>judgment call as to how far you take your warnings. Unfortunately, many look
>upon an accident as an enrichment opportunity. "It wasn't my fault, nobody
>told me I could break away if I walked out the open window from the fourth
>floor." In one case that I am familiar with, the worker removed a safety
>guard from the equipment and as a result was injured. The theory of his
>lawsuit was that the safety guard was too easy to remove and he was not
>instructed not to remove the safety guard.

That would come under the doctrine of comparative negligence... So the URL on
the lawsuit where the worker was successful is what?

letoured -at- together -dot- net

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