re: MOVIE REVIEW: K19: The Widowmaker

Subject: re: MOVIE REVIEW: K19: The Widowmaker
From: holmegm -at- attbi -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2002 22:52:25 -0400

"Matthew Nankin" <mgnankin -at- hotmail -dot- com> wrote;

>When one of the crewmembers first sees that an important instrument
>is not working properly, he taps it with his finger instead of
>referring to official written procedures. This failure to consult
>the documentation early on will have fatal consequences for some
>members of the crew.


>The emergency procedures manual is read aloud to the crew, but does
>not contain information on fixing a malfunctioning nuclear reactor.
>In disgust, the loose pages of the guide are thrown aside and never
>referred to again!

Interesting take you have on this movie. I could add that one reason
the US nuclear propulsion program has not had similar incidents is
the use of excellent written procedures, combined with lengthy

A policy of "verbatim compliance" with written procedure, coupled
with extensive training and education of all personnel involved with
the propulsion plant, has resulted in an amazing safety record.

And to tie back in with recent threads, the procedure writers _are_
technical experts in the material ... ;)

-Greg Holmes

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