Gaming guard at nuke plant oblivious to inspector

Security at Three Mile Island fails to notice surprise inspector while playing handheld; actions (or lack of) prompt reevaluation of rules.

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While stories have shown that gaming on the job can be hazardous, none have approached danger on a statewide disaster level--until today. During a surprise inspection at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant, the same site of the worst nuclear accident in US history, one security guard was so engrossed a game he was playing on a handheld, he failed to notice the inspector, reports the Associated Press. "The issue is not the guard's use of the video game," said Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection secretary Kathleen McGinty. "The real issue is that his complete absorption in the game distracted him from noticing the repeated approach of our inspector." This, along with other incidents with guards, has led the agency to review its security policies. The game and the device were not identified in the report.

Discussion

44 comments
nirvana175
nirvana175

wouldn't be ironic if he was playing a game based on The Simpsons?

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

if he was "engrossed" in the game... couldn't have been a psp game then...!

Targzissian
Targzissian

Playing games on a handheld is not recommended while driving a car either.

portus
portus

:) any news if the guard was a doughnut addict as well

agschool
agschool

stop blaming the guard, it's only a nuclear power plant. Those things have multiple levels of securities that you don't know about. I think it's no big deal if he is not smoking on crack or something. Now if an air-control tower operator is obessed in a hand-held gaming device, that IS a problem.

KynKoolij
KynKoolij

I would be fired on the spot at my job for something like this. I don't understand how these dumasses get these kinds of jobs.

Obesity_King
Obesity_King

Sounds like a government conspiracy to me. I can just hear Senator Clinton tommorow, "We now have proof that video games are a threat to our national security."

tiki_rebb
tiki_rebb

I wonder if the plant allows books, magazines, newspapers, etc. As for "more restrictions", I doubt even the Princess of Darkness (Hillary Clinton) herself would use this as ammo. There is not much to this story outside of the lax security at TMI.

KamaKase
KamaKase

So....because the guy was playing rather than working. They're blaming the game for being too "absorbing".....if you ask me they're just playing pass the buck.

Legendaryscmt
Legendaryscmt

If the guy was drawn into a GBA game, then he really is an idiot. I can understand a DS or PSP game.

Schillinger
Schillinger

Duke Nukem Advance XD I like it, very clever!

teknicz
teknicz

All this talk about politicians...did you forget your parents are the ones that probably put them in office? Take some responsibility, the guard dude was neglient, and deserves punishment, but for some of you to start pointing your fingers at politicians is retarded. Oh, and Tencteri, read a book. Please. You don't know what communism is.

Tencteri
Tencteri

First off, the politicians should stop complaining about games they never played and stop being a bunch of babies. Second, I can't believe the fact that they don't act their own age and act as if they are members of the communist party (which I suspect since they seem to enjoy trying to tell innocent people what they can/can't do.) Third, even if the inspector passed by the worker and the worker didn't notice him, that shouldn't even be a news story due to the fact that if the worker had nothing better to do and he did complete his work while he was still on shift, it shouldn't even be a problem since that he didn't do anything that wrong. Anothing thing I noticed is that the news story doesn't even put what kind of guard he is in the power plant, which makes it kind of strange that it is even a news story.

Blazer88
Blazer88

Wow,..I realise that the job can probably be pretty boring,and probably has vvery long periods where you do nothing,..but it is just really bad for him not have noticed the inspector after he was aproached multiple times.Guy probably will ruin it for everyone now too.

Donkeljohn
Donkeljohn

Gaming on the job is not recommended outside of the industry.

richdb
richdb

Doesn't this guy have better things to do like,say Protecting the joint from an attack?!

Dafdiego777
Dafdiego777

Well, that's really smart for a guard at a Nuclear Plant.

whateverman1579
whateverman1579

nice goin security guard... now there's even more of an argument for the government to ban games...

nacho4511
nacho4511

This guy is has issues. All politicians and haters of games just look at people like this and say that is why we should make games illegal. I can understand making policies on when to use them, but there are always those people who try to completely wipe games out.

WeeWeeJumbo
WeeWeeJumbo

Haha, there's no association to Duke Nukem, other than humor. Thanks for that, Mr. Surette.

greks224
greks224

hahaha I wonder if it was a DS, PSP, or GBA... a game/system that can absorb someone that much must be the portable king!

belzilep
belzilep

It's probably affiliated with Duke Nukem Advance because it was a handheld at a Nuke(m)-lear plant. In other words, Gamespot simply had to find a suitable game for the story :P

mrgokugf
mrgokugf

I bet he's waiting for Duke Nukem Forever to come out so was playing the GBA game to tide himself over

xXxVladxXx
xXxVladxXx

Great, more ammo for the Government to use against Video games.

Truth01
Truth01

Bus drivers, Guards...everyones playing video games now a days.

sgtsaville
sgtsaville

nice...guess he will be looking for a new job.

DJKrayz_basic
DJKrayz_basic

most companies ive worked for dont allow that sort of negligence.. i mean, they dont even allow you to visit websites on most computers, and the ones that do have access, well, ya cant visit gaming sites or myspace or anything.. i think its better to keep work and play separate, especially in cases such as these where it could affect human lives... that guy should be fired certainly...

FourSwordsx4
FourSwordsx4

Hahhaha, next thing you know politicians will be using this as an excuse to call for more restrictions.

Kahones
Kahones

He was playing Duke Nukem Advance i guess....

evil_tormentor
evil_tormentor

what does duke nukem adavnce have to do with this? Is it his name?

Benny_is_here
Benny_is_here

Reminds me of my cousin. She blocks out the rest of the world when she reads, and I guess the same was the case with the guard. He should have kown better though. He wasn't playing a stealth game, as he'd know Sam Fisher would have snapped his neck while he played the game... Seriously, guard like that don't only endanger the country, but also their own life.

simon50
simon50

Im roffling my woffle

Xendercide
Xendercide

It's idiots like these that take it too far that give video games such a bad rap. I mean this kind of negligence is crazy. I'm not saying it's a bad idea to do things like these to pass the time on a particularly boring shift, but you gotta know ur limitations. Come on, we can guard nuclear reactors at least as well as Bungie guards the script for Halo 3. :)

kevin634
kevin634

kind of sad if you can't put it down for a while

Orasion_Seiz
Orasion_Seiz

people are crazy about games these days they dont care if it will harm them or not