10.19.2006 at 12:31 PM Supervisor Dr. Lynn Kaczmarek Response After Being Informed by Alan Haungs of Complete System Failure

KEY POINTS:

  • October 12-13, 2006 a terrible snow storm caused wide spread power failure throughout the Buffalo area.
  • October 19th is my first day back to work after the area power was restored and the roadways opened.
  • When I arrived at work that morning I was informed by the cyclotron operator who had ran the cyclotron that night that the waste water facility was flooded.
  • When I looked down the waste water facility opening leading downward, I saw that the water level was merely a foot or two from the ceiling of the waste water facility.
  • Before a cyclotron operator operates the cyclotron there is a walk-through check list that he must follow and sign before cyclotron operation is allowed to happen according to our SOPs (standard operating procedures) and thus in accordance with our NYS DEC radio license.
  • One of the items on that check list is that the cyclotron operator is to go into the waste water facility to make sure everything is operational there before operating the cyclotron.
  • For example a totally full set of radio-water-collection-waste-tanks would stop the cyclotron operator from proceeding cyclotron operations. These open topped tanks were clearly not only completely full of flood waters but also fully submersed.
  • The cyclotron operator that night completely violated these rules. Was he told to do this by a supervisor or manager?
  • The cyclotron operator who ran the cyclotron without a functioning waste water facility was never disciplined for doing so.
  • I immediately informed in person Supervisor Dr. Lynn Kaczmarek that morning about this failure as she is the one who schedules radio-chemistry production which then indirectly schedules cyclotron operations.
  • By the time Dr. Lynn Kaczmarek responsed back with me, all of her departments radio-chemsitry productions were likely completed and shipped out the door.
  • Dr. Lynn Kaczmarek’s office is within a very short walk to the door of the waste water facility, why didn’t she simply look to see the destruction and immediately understand the scope and seriousness of this complete system failure?
  • Why did not Dr. Lynn Kaczmarek herself tell the department about this failure and tell the department not to run the cyclotron or use the sinks and to immediately stop all chemistry?
  • Does the SOP or the Chemical Hygiene Plan allow for radio-chemistry during a total waste water facility failure?
  • Supervisor Dr. Lynn Kaczmarek was not disciplined for performing or allowing her subordinates to perform radio-chemistry during the complete waste water facility failure.
  • That day I spent running around the UB campus and the VA inventorying all of the other systems that were damaged by the storm.
  • While so doing I twisted my foot.
  • The following day this foot began to become very painful.
  • This foot was eventually repaired by surgery as I had severely damaged a tendon.
  • I did not file for workers compensation as I was not aware of the process or the qualifications to get it.
  • Instead I repeatedly asked for time off to rest my foot thinking it would get better.
  • I was repeatedly denied time off even to the last day of my employment.

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10.19.2006 at 1231 PM Supervisor Dr. Lynn Kaczmarek Response After Being Informed by Alan Haungs of Complete System Failure University Buffalo Cyclotron