Thursday, February 02, 2006

You Might Actually Die

I am not sure why it is such a HUGE deal when someone is injured or, God forbid, dies doing something that's pretty risky in the first place. Of course it's truly a shame when someone loses his life in the process of doing his job. However, there are some jobs out there that are pretty damn risky.

When a reporter walks into a battle, there's a high probability he'll get blown up or something. When a miner lowers himself 2 miles deep into the earth, there's a pretty good chance of a cave-in. Construction workers on a tall building? - you might slip and fall. Fireman? - you might burn. Policeman? - you might get shot. Zookeeper? - you might get attacked. Sharpen kinves? - you might get cut. There are risks taken with these jobs. So why is it a big surprise if someone dies or is injured in the line of duty?

It's the postal workers who get shot at work that is unexpected and newsworthy; the baker who gets stabbed, the financial analyst who gets poisoned, the office workers who have a plane fly into their building. The death, or even injury, of these people while at work is news - hard news to concern yourself over. (But if a hooker gets beaten to death, most people think, "Well she was asking for it, putting herself in that situation.")

Unions and safety measures, no matter how strictly enforced, will never be able to remove all the risks of some of the most dangerous occupations. You can't have a battle without weapons. You can't study sharks without getting in the water with them. You can't have clean windows on the 35th floor without washing them. Truly, you (subjective) have no one to blame but yourself if something happens to you while you are doing something dangerous. You put yourself in an unsafe situation. Making a big deal about it won't make it any safer of a situation. Only so much can be done. The rest is a crap shoot.

5 comments:

  1. Every job possesses risks but risks are higher when safely measures are not in place. You as as worker would expect your bosses or company to have safety regulations for the safety of the workers. I am a nurse so I know I am at risk of needle sticks but we have many safety measures that minimize those risk such as safety needles that automatically pull the needle back or we have sharps containers that automatically close when it fills up. Even with the risks, I dont expect myself to get HIV from a needle stick just as the miners dont expect to die from a cave in.

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  2. There will always be risks that are beyond the control of supervisors capabilities. You, as a worker, need to assume some of the responsibility after that. Safety cables will break, caravans will get ambushed, trucks brakes will fail.

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  3. "There will always be risks that are beyond the control of supervisors capabilities. You, as a worker, need to assume some of the responsibility after that. Safety cables will break, caravans will get ambushed, trucks brakes will fail."

    ... companies will get sued... OSHA will be contacted...

    LOL

    You make an excellent point!

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  4. I think your post has some issues.

    First of all, Bush has been cutting money from mine safety, as mentioned in this article and this 60 minutes piece. So, it could be argued, quite easily, that a reduction in easy, acceptable, and expected safety measures caused the recent miner's deaths, not the inherent danger of mines. We shouldn't be using coal all together because mining it is unsafe, burning it is bad for the environment. But that's a bigger issue. At least provide the minimum safety measures to make it as safe as possible.

    Second, some people don't have an easy choice in employment. In these mining towns, sometimes that's the only employment that someone can get in order to put food on their table and support their families.

    Third, regardless of why someone dies, it's important to have compassion for these people. This miners that died have brothers, sisters, wives, husbands, sons, daughters, parents that are all mourning right now. Give them some respect, at the very least.

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  5. I agree with you 100%. But we as American's want everything handed to us. We are entitled to everything. Noone wants to see anyone hurt or killed at their place of employment, but there are risks in certain occupations.

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