Monday, April 15, 2024

FAA Report: Boeing’s Steps to Improve Safety Culture Have Helped but Don’t Go Far Enough

(Headline USA) When it comes to safety culture at Boeing, there is “a disconnect” between senior management and workers.

However, employees responsible for checking the company’s planes question whether they can raise issues without fear of retaliation, according to panel of outside experts.

The aviation-industry and government experts also said safety training and procedures at Boeing are constantly changing, leading to confusion among employees.

The woke company is one of many that has been criticized for prioritizing virtue-signaling over matters such as diversity, equity and inclusion ahead of matters of corporate responsibility.

In the case of airlines, the most fundamental of those responsibilities is passenger safety.

The comments were contained in a report Monday to the Federal Aviation Administration. Congress ordered the study in 2020, when it passed legislation to reform how the FAA certifies new planes after two deadly crashes involving Boeing 737 Max jetliners.

Safety at Boeing is being re-examined after last month’s blowout of an emergency door panel on an Alaska Airlines jet. Accident investigators said in a preliminary report that bolts used to help hold the panel in place were missing after the plane underwent repairs at Boeing’s factory in Renton, Washington.

The FAA relies on employees at Boeing and other aircraft manufacturers to perform some quality-review on behalf of the regulatory agency. After the Max crashes, critics in Congress said managers put undue pressure on employees to approve work done for the FAA.

Boeing said it had taken steps to improve its safety culture. The panel of experts said Boeing’s changes have reduced the chance of retaliation against employees who report safety problems.

It added, however, that “the restructuring, while better, still allows opportunities for retaliation to occur.”

Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press

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