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  •  How true... (22+ / 0-)
    The most meaningful residue and the most enduring legacy of a preventable tragedy, therefore, can often be found in the law, a medium by which one generation can transmit its hard-won lessons to future generations.

    There are some things we need "big" government to do for us.

    They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. - Andy Warhol

    by 1864 House on Sun Sep 18, 2011 at 02:10:09 PM PDT

    •  OSHA, National Electrical Code, all writ in blood (12+ / 0-)

      That's what my old engineer friend would always say.  I was in physics, working in basement labs in college on high voltage, high rad, high vacuum or high pressure, high magnetic fields, etc...  all high except for me of course.  

      I used to sit at the same picnic table outside with these old guys at lunch to listen to their stories.  Far from grousing about "excessive" regulation, they would carry well-thumbed NEC or boiler code "bibles" with them, and quote chapter and verse to the youguns.  They had been around the block enough times to have seen what happened when regs either didn't exist or weren't followed, and for that reason they preferred working at a university which had enough oversight to enforce the regs to keep everyone safe at work.  

      Several of the older machinists, electricians, plumbers, boiler crew, and other craft would be missing thumbs, fingers, have huge burn scars, and other evidence of the horror of working at for-profit companies who dodged the rules to make a buck.  

      My own cousin almost died on a construction site when the trench collapsed due to improper shoring.  His legs and back were so messed up he's no longer physically capable of labor like that.  Luckily my aunt was able to help him through college so he could support his family with a computer job, but many who are injured on those work sites are just tossed aside, no insurance, no rehab or retraining for them.  Injury of the prime breadwinner then sinks the whole family in poverty, homelessness, and so forth.  

      It seems so obvious to those of us who have seen or experienced this life to know that a good caring government and safety oversight can make all the difference in one's quality of life.  The opposite of this isn't a laissez faire utopia, but Somalia.

      Thank you for an excellent diary on this subject.

      Do the best you can.

      by home solar on Mon Sep 19, 2011 at 11:44:06 AM PDT

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