Pre-operational checklists tend to be 'pencil-whipped', ignored or sloppily done, with (of course) the rare exception that is actually completed accurately and with useful notes.
There are two fundamental reasons for this behaviour. One is that historically the equipment was quite basic and didn't require extensive pre-operation inspection/tests.
Secondly, human ego got in the way of sound judgement. Without a clear understanding of the value of doing a pre-operational checklist, operators subjugated the task to menial importance when the complete opposite was the reality.
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