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This Safety Moment discusses a case where a hazards analysis found that there was no operating manual for a very critical operation. When the manual was located it was noted that following the instructions as written would cause a serious incident. The material provided here is extracted from the ebook 52 Process Safety Moments.
One of the world’s first detective stories, Edgar Allen Poe’s The Purloined Letter, was written in the year 1844. It is set in the City of Paris. In the story the bad guy — Minister D — has in his possession a letter containing compromising information about an unnamed lady. He is using this information to blackmail her. There is only one copy of the letter (reminder: there were no copying machines and scanners in those days).
Safety Moments are short stories or anecdotes that illustrate some aspect of personal or process safety. Generally they feature a near miss or foolish event that had the potential to be much worse than it was. They can be used to start a meeting or a task assignment.