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  •  Why is this? (2+ / 0-)
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    BobboSphere, sawgrass727

    This isn't something that should be intrinsically as dangerous as it is.  It has been well understood for decades how to design some measure of safety into the steps and maintenance platforms on those towers, and how to train people not to fall off.

    And a lot of this appears to be people ignoring the existing rules.  This happens because the costs of people falling off are socialized -- nobody is held responsible.  It is, over all, cheaper for employers to follow safety rules, unless you really don't value people (and even if you don't, it's still good business practice not to have your employees falling off towers).

    •  Not really. Ever hear of dead peasant's (3+ / 0-)
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      DvCM, DuzT, KenBee

      insurance?  Or to put it another way, if one of these companies can make a million dollars when one of their employees dies and only be fined $750 then they actually have a legal obligation to discourage their workers from following safety rules.

      There is no saving throw against stupid.

      by Throw The Bums Out on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 10:37:35 AM PDT

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