Monday, October 10, 2016

Microstory 426: Floor 17 (Part 1)

The company has been building windows for so long that there’s really no longer a need for engineers on that front. If they asked me, I could come up with some new ideas for windows, but that’s not why they hired me. I am responsible for other products, namely our building designs. I was a primary driving force in the process of constructing our new headquarters, and participated greatly in the creation of other past projects. Could I have done something to prevent the deaths from on our defective products? If I had belonged to that department, definitely. I would have stopped the problem long before the project even made it to the fabrication stage. You wouldn't have even called it a problem; just an opportunity to tweak the design. I’m not the best engineer in the world by any stretch of the imagination, but I am good at what I do, and my projects don’t have problems. Rather, once we’ve released a finished product, that’s exactly what it is; finished. I can’t believe the windows team let this happen. Analion has been making windows since the beginning. My God, it was what we were best known for, until I came along with my headquarters design. How did this all start happening now? Well, it’s true that they’ve made minor design alterations, and I’m sure they did so recently, but those don’t effectively account for the deaths. At least they shouldn’t. No—and I’m not saying this because I have my colleagues’ backs—I suspect this to be user error. They say that 99% of the time, that’s what it is, and I believe it. No, I don’t think it’s statistically unlikely that several people across the country experienced the same problem. It certainly has something to do with our windows, and not through some kind of strange coincidence, I’ll give you that. I just can’t imagine the design for a product we’ve had for years could be responsible. Perhaps the instructions for installation were unclear. You know, some people just like to install those kinds of things themselves, who knows? That would my humble guess. But what do I know? I’m just a very well-educated engineer.

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