It is unfortunate that those employees and companies hired to enforce safety regulations internally find themselves powerless to do the job they were hired to do. Organizations and companies comply with regulatory requirements to have safety personnel but they do not give them enough authority or budgets to carry out their work. Health and Safety workers become like the prophets of old, who were able to warn the people of the upcoming danger but were beheaded if they speak against the king. Like pastors in the church they can speak the truth but have no power to enforce the truth they speak about. Laws that urge employees to report violations are skirted because Health and Safety personnel sign confidentiality agreements protecting the company leaving vulnerable employees in harm’s way.
Regulations are under attack everyday in this Country and the electorate does not know which way to go. In recent years corporations have been able to make huge gains in rolling back reform as we forget the lessons of the past until the next catastrophic event. Employees need to wake up and be vigilant against the hazards and risks they face in the workplace. When terrible events occur it is usually not the corporate heads that lose their life or limbs. Health and Safety personnel need to find ways to improve or advance their craft much like other industries have made great gains in technology and knowledge.