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  •  Inspection is not equal to enforcement (2+ / 0-)
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    Ahianne, blue aardvark

    Most inspectors, at pretty much anything, don't necessarily have the right to do anything except inspect, and if they do do something, it's frequently very limited in scope.

    Incidentally, there is a good reason for this: the comedic version was the EPA inspector who didn't know what he was doing and shut down the containment unit in Ghostbusters. It's not safe to have an inspector order changes on site as he might not have an overview of the entire operation; the water inspector might think doing something is a good idea, only it would cause the electrical inspector to scream in rage at the idiot who ordered something changed without checking that caused yet another problem while trying to solve the first one.

    It's the enforcement further up the food chain that's the problem. I've faced similar issues doing fire inspections: if there's no immediate danger, I can't order a building shut down in the event of, say, the fuel tank being ancient and clearly rusting through any time. All I can do it report it and pass it along, which is incredibly frustrating if nothing is done.

    On the other hand, I do have a very good "I told you so, you moronic motherfucker" speech due to practice.

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