Duane Craig writes in his excellent article, Manslaughter on the Jobsite at the blog, The Construction Informer: "There is another side to safety on construction sites… the overwhelming difficulty in getting people to voluntarily comply with safety rules on the job and having enough visibility into what is really going on to make them think twice about not complying."
He points the finger at "workers who ignore safety rules and get injured as a result of that negligence" and says that they "bear the responsibility themselves rather than all those who tried in vain to convince them of the necessity to comply with safety rules."
What on earth can we do about stupid employees who refuse to wear personal protective equipment or follow procedures to keep them safe. It’s an ongoing issue – across all sectors; as Duane writes, "an overwhelming difficulty."
The Chronic Safety Offender
We have an article about this very issue in our Employers resource section on this site, titled "Dealing with the Chronic Safety Offender."
Clearly a company has to make an example of safety offenders but, as the construction blog example points out, that isn’t so easy to do when the boss isn’t on site.
Any ideas on how to overcome this problem (short of well-meaning citizens shouting up to neighborhood construction workers and roofers to ‘put on a safety harness" – which, I’m pretty sure, doesn’t have much effect)?