The Scaffold Plank Incident
Ethics Writing Assignment:
1. What ethical issue or dilemma was Bob Hopkins facing?
2. Who were the stakeholders and what were their conflicting values in Bob’s decision?
Hint: When Bob Hopkins called a faculty member of SUNY-New Paltz for advice, the professor responded, “Bob, to make your decision, you might need to think of the roles of yourself, John White, your coworkers in White Lumber, Stan Parrish, the Foreman at the end-purchaser’s firm, and the workers who will be standing on the scaffolding.”
3. What alternatives did Bob have? Analyze the consequences of each alternative.
4. What should Bob do? Provide your evidence and rationale to support your solutions.