|SCE: A bad day at work.|
Certainly it was not in any way created for publication here on The Tattler. Yet somehow this report ended up on the Internet where it was found last evening by this blog's ever roving eye. My guess is it could have been put there by a disgruntled employee, something Edison apparently has in rather substantial quantities.
Either that or it was carelessly placed in an unsecured computer file, where entities a lot like Google robotically swept it up, as they are so often apt to do.
Here is a (link) to this entire "Incident Management Team" report. Trust me, it makes for some pretty harrowing reading. It's purpose, of course, is to try and understand what it was about Southern California Edison workplace culture that could have led to this senseless and deadly tragedy. The authors in no way attempted to pull their punches, and the top heavy and self-serving institutional management structure at SCE at that time is clearly held accountable.
This is how the Los Angeles Times described the deadly event that eventually led to the writing of this report. This piece ran in that paper on December 17 of 2011, and you can link to the entire article by clicking here.
I am not going to post the entire 24 page report here. However, I have selected what I believe are some significant passages from this document. Just to give you a taste of what you will find there should you decide to take a deeper look. The material is both fascinating and disturbing.
You can only wonder what it must have been like to work at Southern California Edison at that time. And if conditions there ever actually changed. Hopefully things have improved. Nobody deserves to have to work in the kind of workplace environment described in this report.
Of course, SCE management would be very concerned about any legal implications, and the possibility of a class action lawsuit would likely be foremost on the minds of the designated executives reading this litany of woe. Here is one situation described by the authors of this report that would be a legal slam dunk for any skilled attorney.
All in all, a pretty horrifying snapshot of what life was like at Southern California Edison during the time of its worst and most deadly employee incident. Did the conditions described here directly lead to the murder of two employees at SCE? That consideration is certainly weighed by the authors of this report.
The one big question that remains being was any of this taken to heart by management at Edison, and were any of the necessary changes suggested by the "Incident Management Team" effectively implemented? Relieving a few unnecessary layers of management of their employment is one thing, but will that actually help to prevent any further catastrophes of this kind?
The Tattler has no way of telling at this time.