Re: Ohio Woman Scalped in Industrial Accident
This is a fact, Max; but people also have to realize that it is rarely a unilateral decision to "set aside" the rules. Employees may start the ball rolling for whatever reasons and, again for whatever reasons, employers go along with it. But, whenever a disaster occurs and the investigations begin, the whole shebang devolves into a masterful game of finger-pointing.
Originally Posted by max1
But safety must become a top-down philosophy. Violate the safety rules and you're toast, whether you're a plant manager turning a "blind" eye to the violations or a working stiff running a machine and just doing as you please and to hell with safety rules.
However, it just doesn't work this way. And, while a majority of companies in this country treat safety concerns seriously, I know of companies all across the nation, one of which resided right here in Delaware until it went bankrupt, where management uses a formula--no calculus required--to determine safety policies.
While they don't broadcast it, the boys and girls assigned to the mahogany foxhole located somewhere in the management bunker calculate the odds of a negative outcome, determine its cost in terms of money and social impact. They then measure this against the fines they'd encounter if they get caught along the way and determine that it's often cheaper to pay the fines.
It works well until a major safety issue hits the news and all those savings go right down the tubes.
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