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Based on the case study by Martin, The Blast in Centralia No. 5, in Stillman, PA, discuss:

1. Identify and explain four (4) logistical alternatives Scanlan could have addressed.

2. Analyze and discuss Scanlan's motivation toward the Constitution (the law), bureaucracy (as a public administrator responsible to the public), and obligation.

3. Take a position on two (2) possible paths of action for Scanlan and defend your choices.

4. Research and cite at least four (4) peer-reviewed academic sources.

Outcomes with this assignment are:

* Analyze the changing nature and responsibilities for managing public and nonprofit organizations.

*Use technology and information resources to research issues in modern public administration.

* Write clearly and concisely about modern public administration using proper writing mechanics.

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Running Head: Blast in Centralia

Blast in Centralia
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The mine blast in Centralia in 1947 is one of the major disasters in US public safety history. With the death toll of 111 persons and warning signals present before hand, the blast shed light on the indifference to safety practices by public officials and the in public safety administration at the time. In his work The Blast in Centralia No. 5, John Bartlow Martin (2000) noted that "seldom has a major catastrophe of any kind been blueprinted so accurately in advance". This article analyzes Martin's work focusing on public administrative aspects involving Scanlan's actions and choices.
Scanlan a mine inspector at the time of the disaster was able to identify the major problems that eventually led to the blast. Many of the mine employees violated the federal mine code for Bituminous coal and Lignite mines since they did no conduct adequate rock dusting which could have prevented dusty conditions. Scanlan attempted to address these issues by recommending the closer of the mine or cleaning up of the accumulated dust but the various officials in public safety took lightly to the seriousness of the situation at Centralia mine (Fanning, 2007: Stillman, 2000). Some of the logistical alternatives that Scanlan could have addressed in this case scenario includes a systematic safe-rescue and self-escape strategy incase of an emergency, mine emergency preparedness and coal dust effects on the health of the miners. Taking into account that Scanlan had attempted several times to point out the problems facing the Centralia mine and the dangers of working in that mine without any action taken from Coal mine safety regulation authorities, the Scanlan should have tried to address the safety issues incase a disaster struck.
A safe rescue strategy should have addresses how mine rescue teams who should well equipped and capable or responding fast to disasters in the mine environment. This alternative could have increased the chances of the miners trapped surviving. It could probably have also set into ...

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The administrative aspects for blasts in Centralia number five are examined.