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# Industrial accidents are more common when some of the people

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23 Oct 2017, 20:33
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Industrial accidents are more common when some of the people in safety-sensitive jobs have drinking problems than when none do. Since, even after treatment, people who have had drinking problems are somewhat more likely than other people to have drinking problems in the future, any employer trying to reduce the risk of accidents should bar anyone who has ever been treating for a drinking problem from holding a safety=sensitive job. .

Between C and D, it should be C. The argument states that since number of accidents in safety sensitive jobs are common in people having drinking problems, the employer should bar anyone who has drinking problems from holding such a job.

C.Workers who would permanently lose their jos if they sought treatment for a drinking problem try instead to conceal their problem and continue working for as long as possible .

If the workers begin to hide their drinking problems, the employers will not be able to identify these people and will not be able to bar them. This weakens. Although, I feel the argument says that employers "should" bar, this option focuses on the "could / could not" bar. It says that since they will conceal their problem, the employers just won't be able to identify them and bar. On the other hand, the argument focuses more on the fact that since they have drinking problems, they should be barred and something that says they should not be barred, could have been better.

D.People who hold safety-sentive jobs are subject to stresses that can exacerbate any personal problems they may have, including drinking problems.

This states that people holding a safety sensitive job can automatically worsen any personal problem, so even though it may have worsened other personal problems, the highest rate of accidents are still because of drinking problems, so this is not a weakener.

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Can you please go through the argument and my reasoning and provide your comments. I definitely feel C is a better answer but it weakens the conclusion by stating that the employers won't be able to bar only. The argument says that that the employers SHOULD bar, so if an option, would have specifically been targeted at showing why they SHOULD NOT bar, wouldn't it have been better ?

Originally posted by Poorvasha on 07 Nov 2017, 08:20.
Last edited by Poorvasha on 09 Nov 2017, 07:29, edited 2 times in total.
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07 Nov 2017, 09:02
As it is said in the argument that employer trying to reduce the risk of accidents should bar anyone who was/is being treated for the problem and would not be given the jobs. So the answer choice that would weaken the argument is that if the employer does not know about the problem of an employee then he cannot remove that employee. This brings us to option C that fits aptly.
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07 Nov 2017, 09:20
I don't think it's C.

The argument is companies should bar people from holding safety-sensitive job, not other jobs. This means they do not permanently lose their job. C brings in "permanently losing their job". Also, this true in real life, but in GMAT, questions always try to exploit your experience in real life to make you choose the wrong option. I can counter-argue by saying: these people don't lose their job, they can do non-safety-sensitive jobs... such as janitorial jobs.

In B, if accidents come from employees who don't hold safety-sensitive jobs, then the argument's assumption is wrong, and the conclusion is also wrong (it should be: barring employees from holding ALL jobs), so it weakens the argument.
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09 Nov 2017, 00:13
Industrial accidents are more common when some of the people in safety-sensitive jobs have drinking problems than when none do. Since, even after treatment, people who have had drinking problems are somewhat more likely than other people to have drinking problems in the future, any employer trying to reduce the risk of accidents should bar anyone hwo has ever been treating for a drinking problem from holding a safety=sensitive job.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously undermines the argument above?

A.Some companies place employees who are being treated for drinking problems in residential programs and allow them several weeks of paid sick leave

B.Many accidents in the workplace are the result of errors by employees who do not hold safety-sensitive jobs.

C.Workers who would permanently lose their jos if they sought treatment for a drinking problem try instead to conceal their problem and continue working for as long as possible.

D.People who hld safety-sentive jobs are subject to stresses that can exacerbate any personal problems they may have, including drinking problems.

E.Some industrial accidents are caused by equipment failure rather than by employer error.

Premises:
Industrial accidents are more common when some people in safety-sensitive jobs have drinking problems than when none do.
Even after treatment, people with a history are more likely to have drinking problems again

Conclusion: To reduce the risk of accidents bar anyone who has ever been treated for a drinking problem from holding a safety-sensitive job.

We need to weaken it.

Options (B), (C) and (D) seem to be causing trouble.

B.Many accidents in the workplace are the result of errors by employees who do not hold safety-sensitive jobs.

"Many accidents" are caused by employees who do not hold safety sensitive jobs. But we are given that Industrial accidents are MORE common when some people in safety-sensitive jobs have drinking problems than when none do. So the accidents become MORE common in our context. It doesn't matter how many take place in other circumstances.

C.Workers who would permanently lose their jos if they sought treatment for a drinking problem try instead to conceal their problem and continue working for as long as possible.
Our conclusion says that we should bar anyone "who has ever been treated". It doesn't say bar anyone who has a drinking problem (which might be far more difficult to identify anyway). If there is a policy in which workers who take treatment are barred from their jobs, workers with drinking problem may decide to not seek treatment at all. In that case, the risk of accidents will not reduce. Hence this is the answer.

D.People who hld safety-sentive jobs are subject to stresses that can exacerbate any personal problems they may have, including drinking problems.

Safety sensitive jobs could worsen the drinking problem. So that is more of a reason to not hire people with drinking problem (mind you, not those who have sought treatment) on such jobs. It doesn't weaken our conclusion.

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09 Nov 2017, 01:14
gmatnub wrote:
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if people get fired by admitting that they have a problem and come to treatment, then they will not come to treatment or admit that they have a problem. Therefore you will have a bunch of people working with problems, and they create safety hazards.

create safety hazards？
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