Scaffold Plank Incident: The Utilitarian Approach

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Utilitarian Approach: The utilitarian approach to ethical decision-making holds that moral decisions should produce the greatest good for the greatest number in society as a whole. While appealing conceptually, especially to quantitatively oriented students who understand cost/benefit analysis, the actual calculations can be complex when the costs and benefits to all of society must be considered. For that reason, simplifying assumptions are generally made to limit the calculations to only those directly impacted. (These simplifying assumptions often give rise to criticisms that this model is simplistic, often self-serving, and unable to appropriately consider impacts that are not easily reduced to dollars and cents.)In this Scaffold Plank…show more content…
Those rights include: • The right of free consent. In this case the workers have the right to know they are risking their lives on substandard planking material.• The right of freedom of conscience. Individuals may refrain from carrying out any order that violates their moral or religious norms. In the Scaffold Plank Incident , Bob Hopkins has the moral right to not be forced to sign the purchase order.• The right to life and safety. In this case the characters seem to think that OSHA regulations are overcautious; but are they? How can they justify this belief? Justice Approach: The justice approach holds that moral decisions must be made on the basis of equity, fairness, and impartiality. And a decision must not make the least advantaged portions of society worse off. In this case, the justice model would lead us to conclude that the incomes of the lumber yard owners, brokers, and buyers is being traded off against the safety of the poor worker on the plank. 6. What are the practical…show more content…
It was discovered that Mellon-Stuart had used common planking instead of higher quality scaffold planking in the project. On the other hand, if the whole class seems too willing to refuse to sign the purchase order without facing the seriousness of the consequences, keep pressing them to see how far they could follow up on ensuring worker safety. Are we responsible for
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