My Opinion on Walking the Safety Walk

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Re: Of course safety is important
Battar   1/9/2013 9:46:10 AM

               very often the safety standard you mention is in place to protect those who will be sued when some idiot is being edged out of the gene pool by his own stupidity.

William K.
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Re: Of course safety is important
William K.   1/9/2013 12:06:39 PM
Why is it that so often the courts, and the juries, find in favor of the very dumbest of people? Why does anybody believe that stupidity should be rewarded? That concept is so very foreign to my thinking that it amazes me.

What ever became of the concept of personal responsibility for one's actions?

Charles Murray
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Re: Of course safety is important
Charles Murray   1/11/2013 6:52:32 PM
The issue of personal responsibility recently came up in the case of the Toyota floormat recall. Its seems many vehicle owners used improper floormats in their vehicles, and Toyota had to recall 154,000 vehicles to "prevent problems that might occur when improper floormats are used by owner." Toyota said one owner stacked eight carpet remnants on the floor in front of the accelerator.

William K.
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Re: Of course safety is important
William K.   1/12/2013 9:04:02 PM
What has been demonstrated repeatedly over the years is that when a product has finally been made fool-proof, somebody arrives with a new and improved fool. This has been demonstrated repeatedly by individuals with credentials far better than mine.

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bobjengr   1/20/2013 2:01:13 PM
Excellent post Richard.  I feel every company large and small should have a safety "officer"--someone responsible for training and making sure employees have the necessary PPE.   I think one huge problem comes with making employees adhere to existing and published safety standards.  In the places I consult with, safety is an ongoing issue.  I am frequently amazed at the number of times maintenance workers completely ignore "lockout-tagout" requirements when working on equipment.  They feel leaving for a 10 or 15 minute break gives them cause to ignore this one safety rule.   I have been made aware of several near tragedies as a result.   Again, good post highlighting a very important issue.


portant issue.


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