A company specializing in warehouse picking/ package moving systems has a new manager. Some of the problems he faces are:
A client defeats safety systems and a worker gets decapitated
A repair tech slips on a highspeed belt and gets an ass cheek caught in a joint.
An installer is embezzling and when the hero gets close he steals the (expensive)tools an disappears.
An engineer ignores the "Don't flip Me" tag on an installation and fries the system, and singes a tech. He later tries to claim discrimination.
One of their earliest installations experienced a flood and they have to explain that the system is so old they can't repair it. Mud has covered the insides of the plant and sensors.
Their R&D department hasn't come up with anything new in years. The department head doesn't want to put in the effort.
Some of the workers complain about a coworker with BAD breath - it turns out to be cancer.
I think the hero's parent's are farmers - blueberries I think.
The author said that the story was inspired by many years in the automation industry. I remember enough that I should be able to find it but . . .