When an accident occurs on a job as the result of a safety breach, particularly in the oil and gas industry, the almost natural inclination is for the company is to terminate the person or people at fault and then hire a replacement.

But director of USDOT Peter Katchmar has an interesting perspective on this cycle that doesn’t always deal with the internal breakdown that made the safety breach possible, but hires someone new who is susceptible to the same mistakes. Katchmar calls it his pickle juice theory.

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