Based on the case study by Martin, The Blast in Centralia No. 5, in Stillman, PA, Chapter 1, write a 3-4 page paper in which you:
1.Identify and explain four (4) logistical alternatives Scanlan could have addressed.
2.Analyze and discuss Scanlan’s motivation toward the Constitution (the law), bureaucracy (as a public administrator responsible to the public), and obligation.
3.Take a position on two (2) possible paths of action for Scanlan and defend your choices.
4.Research and cite at least four (4) peer-reviewed academic sources.
Your assignment must:
•Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
•Include a cover page containing the tile of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
•Analyze the changing nature and responsibilities for managing public and nonprofit organizations.
•Use technology and information resources to research issues in modern public administration.
•Write clearly and concisely about modern public administration using proper writing mechanics.
Public Sector Safety Professionals: Focused on Activity or Results?
By Fred Fanning, CSP, M.Ed., M.A.
Note: This article was originally published in the Spring of 2007, Perspectives Newsletter, Volume 6 Number 3. It was then selected as the Public Sector Practice Specialty newsletter of the year and was published in the Council on Practice and Standards “Best of the Best from the 2005/06 Newsletters, 2006 Edition. This article was selected as the “Best of the Best Newsletter Article for the Council of Practice and Standards for 2006-2007.
This article addresses a topic that the author has thought about for many years. The author believes that looking at this accident 60 years after it occurred will provide lessons that will be relevant and long-lasting. Recent mine accidents remind us that lessons once learned are often forgotten. This article does not present information about individuals to impugn their character but to explain the situation in which people find themselves.
On March 25, 1947, a deadly coal mine explosion rocked the calm, peaceful town of Centralia, IL. During World War II, this mine provided coal to the war effort. A charge ignited built-up coal dust and caused the explosion. This explosion should have surprised no one. Many public sector safety professionals from state and federal agencies knew of the hazards as a result of inspections, union complaints and letters to state officials. These same safety professionals had notified various officials of mine safety agencies and the mine company of the hazards on more than one occasion. Officers of the mine’s union had also pressed for the hazard to be corrected. Failure to take action to abate the hazard resulted in the loss of 111 hard-working men who had spent much of their lives mining coal.
This article reviews the history of the mine before the disaster, the people involved and the circumstances that allowed the explosion to occur. The author believes that the analysis and its results are relevant to today’s public sector safety professionals.