Definitions

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  • n. A corpse
  • n. A long object, often a timber or log, buried to serve as an anchor for a wall or for stays.
  • n. A cutout device with operates in the event of driver incapacity.

Etymologies

From dead + man. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • When Pleasant and his co-workers at rig owner Transocean finally got the go-ahead to throw the so-called deadman's switch, they realized there was no hydraulic power to operate the machinery.

    WN.com - Business News

  • Transocean finally got the go-ahead to throw the so-called deadman's switch, they realized there was no hydraulic power to operate the machinery.

    KETV.com - Local News

  • On the Deepwater Horizon, there were three separate ways to activate the device, including a "deadman" switch that would work if other systems failed.

    Gulf spill a reminder of the value of redundant safety systems

  • FWIW, I knew what you meant by 'deadman's switch'.

    HH Com 286 (285)

  • Documents emerged showing that a part of the device had a hydraulic leak, which would have reduced its effectiveness, and that a passive "deadman" trigger had a low, perhaps even dead, battery.

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  • Under the new rules, companies will have to install specific types of equipment to prevent blowouts, such as a "deadman" system that automatically shears the drill pipe and seals the well when the signal to the rig is lost.

    canada.com Top Stories

  • "My guess would be she had some kind of deadman spell that entwined the fates of the other gods with her own.

    Water Sleeps

  • Both claims focus on the blowout preventer's inadequate system to alert operators that a "deadman switch"—which was supposed to automatically shut off the well if the blowout preventer lost contact with the rig—wasn't operating because of dead batteries.

    BP Sues Contractors Transocean, Cameron

  • One of the reasons for the BP spill this summer is that the final fail-safe on its blowout preventer, the so-called deadman switch, failed to work.

    An Oil-Thirsty America

  • These 2 BOPs failed 4 tests, including failure of the EDS (emergency disconnect system), failure of the deadman system, both due to bad valves, and failure to close the casing shear rams due to a faulty control pod.

    Robert L. Cavnar: Deepwater Moratorium Becomes "Suspension," But Still Needed

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