Fear Ad Hoc Fixes: Interim Solutions Can Lead to Dire Consequences

Shortcuts and temporary remedies can cause damage and worse. Yet, when engineers meet an immovable object like a turnaround deadline, design mistakes seem inescapable. This stress often is amplified during emergencies. Ad hoc measures often get implemented when management is pressing to get a problem affecting production resolved quickly.

Inadequate solutions fall into two general categories: process and maintenance. Process weaknesses include poor procedures, workarounds and bad design. Maintenance miscues stem from corrosion, inadequate design, a poor job plan, ad hoc repairs, and deviation from job scope.

The consequences can be tragic. For a sampling of fatal incidents caused by taking shortcuts or treating interim measures as permanent solutions, read the full article on

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