Another thought provoking post by Phil La Duke!

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By Phil La Duke

I hear a lot of complaints from safety professionals.  Chief among them is that they are held accountable when other people get hurt.  It’s a fair bone of contention.  In so many workplaces, workers cut corners and whine about the inconvenience of the protections put in place to protect them, supervisors encourage unsafe behaviors, and Operations leadership turn a blind eye to recklessness and noncompliance.  But as soon as there’s an injury all the fingers point at the safety professionals, and an accusing eye is cast on the job done by the safety function.  It’s a thankless job to be sure.

Is it fair to hold the safety professional accountable for every injury and near miss? Hardly, but to be fair, there are those sanctimonious and sometimes ridiculous (I know a safety manager who lectures his constituency on proper condom use in his job as a…

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