How sure are you? I hope not too sure because you would be wrong.
You obviously took my post the wrong way. Were any of our employees to suffer an injury, I would be devastated. If I don’t respect them and value them, they’re not an employee. Based on your comment, you’d be totally shocked if you only knew the truth.
The point I intended is simple. When government gets involved, there’s a far greater chance they will screw it up than improve it. I see this no differently than how they treat other situations. The OSHA inspector drives along and sees the solid company that makes most common sense efforts to do things right and being the typical moronic bureaucrat he likely is, he pulls over and writes them up for something stupid and fines them $10,000. And they pay it.
The same bureaucrat drives down the street, sees a bunch of hilljacks or an illegal crew on the roof with many gross violations and he drives on knowing it would be a waste of his time to attempt to do anything. Or, he pulls over, writes them up and issues a fine. These guys clear the site, ignore the fine and appear two weeks later operating under a different company name or even in a different state. They still use the same unsafe practices, they still sell their services at sub par rates, they provide crappy work, they don’t pay taxes, have GL or WC. So they’re still taking work from the solid guy who did get fined and paid it. Further, they’re still causing the rates in the area to go down.
Now, the solid company is observing the safety rules to avoid further fines, they’re productivity goes down which obviously affects their profit margins. So they have to raise their rates causing them to lose more business to the dipsticks who are now operating under a new name. So this good company ends up making less money and pays less taxes into the same corrupt, inept government who doesn’t care because they’ll just borrow another trillion and put us further in debt.
This is a whole lot closer to reality than this idealistic view our government apparently has that by simply making the rules stiffer, they will benefit everyone. Unfortunately, the morons failed to consider the big picture and enact measures in other peripheral areas that could have an overall positive impact on most everyone involved. So yeah, more of those roofers working for the good company don’t die from a fall, they simply die a slow death from starvation since they have no work, therefore having no money to purchase food for them and their families.
You think this isn’t the way it really is bcdemon? If that’s the case, drive on down to the states and sit in on a county or city court someday. Watch the prosecutor and judge rake some guy over the coals for blowing a .09 two weeks ago after he stopped off after work and had 3 beers. Watch them treat him like a serial killer when aside from being .01 over the limit, this is a very solid, hard working tax paying citizen.
Now wait ten minutes and watch some low life gang banger go in front of the judge with 6 counts of illegal drug use, assault and battery and who knows what else. Watch the judge’s eyes gloss over, give this scumbag the standard speech, tell him what dire consequences he faces if this happens one more time, issues a few citations and sends him on his way. Then follow the guy outside and watch him laughing with his buddies while he tears the citations in pieces and tosses them to the ground.
This is reality dude. And to a reasonable degree, the crap they’re doing with the regulations and with OSHA enforcing it aren’t a whole lot different.
And no, I’m not the guy that had the .09. Fortunately, I’ve never had a DUI. But I have been in court a few times for speeding tickets and watched very, very similar scenarios to what I just describe transpire. It happens countless times every day.
I’ll bet if you lived in the US, you would have voted for Obama.