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Re: There is only one way
GTOlover   12/12/2013 8:54:21 AM
TJ, I agree with you on holding corporations responsible. However, I would also add that we need to hold government responsible as well. It seems to many in the beuracracy can be bought. It is time that government overseers are held responsible when their oversight is shown to be fluff. But even this scares me as the unintended consequence is a balloning of regulations and procedures mandated on businesses that would effectively kill any kind of industry that is remotely dangerous.

It is easy for us and the blogger to demand more, but it is the people that need to be alert and force the corrections. If I thought the instrumentation and maintanence at a refinery was questionable, I would not be silent and would either be fired or quit for my own safety.

TJ McDermott
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There is only one way
TJ McDermott   12/12/2013 1:41:34 AM
I'm with Nancy, I'd avoid more government regulation if I could.

I think there is only one way to get corporations to pay attention - SIGNIFICANT penalties for breaking regulations.  The ONLY thing that corporations care about is the bottom line.

As an analogy - think of what would happen if the penalty for being caught talking/texting on your phone was not a $150 fine, but rather 10 years in prison.  Phone usage while driving would stop cold.

If this is a problem worth solving, then the penalties should be strict.  Perhaps the CEO should be held resposnsible and punished accordingly.  They're earning large salaries, there should be responsibility to go with it.

Corporations already enjoy rights that were origininally intended for human citizens.  If corporations enjoy such rights, they should also bear the penalties.  If a human can be sentenced to capital punishment, why not apply something similar (say, dissolution) to a corporation?

Or, how about confiscating all profits of a company for a period, split between injured parties and the government?  The company continues, employees retain their job, but shareholders do not earn anything.

We might have regulation enough now, but let's see some realistic punishment to go with it.

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Regulating Safety and Adding Redundancy
Nancy Golden   12/11/2013 3:23:55 PM
"As this isn't the first occurrence, it shows that instead of relying on internal checks, third-party organizations must be given more power to check out instrumentation and shut down operations. With a government body responsible for the checks, disasters can be prevented as there will be no reason to cut corners if they want to continue operating. A dedicated organization will protect the safety of the workers and the environment."

While I would rather not add to the list of government regualtion - unfortunately this is true. While companies should have enough internal expertise to assure safety - often that is not the case. Having an upcoming OSHA inspection has motivated many otherwise uninterested companies into seeking appropriate safety initiatives. It seems to me that redundancy is also an important factor that needs to be implemented - especially in critical areas.

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