A recent study entitled "Public Attitudes Towards and Experiences with Workplace Safety," indicates that an overwhelming percent of workers believe workplace safety is the most important issue among labor concerns.The public and the media take workplace accidents for granted. The public is apathetic toward workers and safety. This is a major problem.
What this study did not address are the underlying reasons for the public’s apathy toward workplace safety and workplace accidents.
What the public fails to understand is that:
1. most major work industries are self-policing and go essentially unregulated.It would behoove the funding agencies of this study to provide more insight into the underlying reasons of why the public and the media are apathetic toward worker safety, when in fact, worker safety is important to the heath and well-being of the public.
2. the average worker lacks serious rights and protections to a safe work environment.
3. government agencies have intimate ties to industry which influences a lack of protections for worker safety.
4. the prevalence of unsafe work practices and consequential injuries and illness are severely under reported to government agencies, providing a false appearance that workplace safety is not a significant problem.
5. many injured workers are kicked to the curb by the employer, obtaining no medical care, no compensation and are forced to become dependent on public resources.
6. the public pays when the employer should.
7. unsafe work does not only harm workers but also can harm the public and their families too...sometimes causing harm to generations to come.
8. unsafe work conditions cost the taxpayers money…lots of money.
9. unsafe work conditions are unethical.
Other references: http://www.publicwelfare.org/NewsRoom/NewsDetails.aspx?newsid=79
"Workers Rate Safety Most Important Workplace Issue in New Labor Day Study"