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peralta_mike
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re: Worker dies in explosion at TI's RFAB
peralta_mike   10/19/2011 2:12:51 PM
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Also, when at TI I reported a quality violation by my manager. Later I got low reviews and I was eventually forced to resign. Hopefully TI, has gotten better since I left that place. I hope this environment did not lead to this person's death.

peralta_mike
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re: Worker dies in explosion at TI's RFAB
peralta_mike   10/19/2011 2:10:39 PM
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I used to work at TI and the culture there is to put the schedule first. (If you miss a schedule for any reason - you are rated low and tend to be laid off or fired.) I hope that was not the cause of this incident.

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re: Worker dies in explosion at TI's RFAB
CommonSense1   10/13/2011 6:06:11 PM
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There is a problem with the phrase "...there is no such thing as an accident;" the problem is that it is not true. What people often refer to as an "accident" often is not one, as you note: a root cause investigation will show a flaw somewhere, but a meteor falling on my head could only be deemed preventable if I had a meteor-proof roof over my head at all times. we have had this discussion in SEMI Standards meetings for risk assessment: some folks have contended that there must be zero risk of fatality; others take the position that there is never zero risk of fatality. The risk assessment process can quantify the hazards and residual risk and help identify ways to reduce that risk to "acceptable" levels. We all do that assessment every time we drive. It is usually an unconsious process, watching 2 or 3 cars ahead of you, plus left & right, and there still is a risk of injury.

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re: Worker dies in explosion at TI's RFAB
sixscrews   10/12/2011 10:33:39 PM
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Not sure the type of fab has anything to do with the accident. This type of device relies on high pressure gradients to generate ultra-pure water, so there are many potential root causes of the accident. It sounds like something was exposed to a pressure it was not designed for or could not tolerate - operational error, fabrication flaw or design error. The fact that it was in this particular fab is incidental. Then again, there is no such thing as an accident - this kind of thing is ALWAYS preventable, provided people use the correct procedures and the equipment is capable of operating under the conditions it is exposed to.

elctrnx_lyf
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re: Worker dies in explosion at TI's RFAB
elctrnx_lyf   10/12/2011 5:16:06 PM
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worlds first 300mm analog fab. so what would be right reason behind the blast?

TonyE_#1
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re: Worker dies in explosion at TI's RFAB
TonyE_#1   10/12/2011 1:46:18 PM
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My condolences to his family. Our prayers are with them.

Sheetal.Pandey
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re: Worker dies in explosion at TI's RFAB
Sheetal.Pandey   10/12/2011 9:00:53 AM
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thats really unfortunate. Wonder whether safety rules and regualtions were in place or not. Or may be it was an unfortunate accident.

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mcgrathdylan   10/12/2011 8:28:42 AM
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Thanks for the heads up on the other story. We'll try to get some details on what happened.

daleste
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re: Worker dies in explosion at TI's RFAB
daleste   10/12/2011 2:28:57 AM
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The story in the Dallas paper was quite a bit different. It stated that the victim was working on a water purification system when he was cut severly. He died at the hospital.



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