Why Do We Have Safety Rules?

June 5, 2017 Law

So many activities are heavily regulated with safety rules. From hospitals to schools, highways to aviation regulations. We have safety rules for construction sites, restaurants, on the job, while pumping gas, and in extreme sports, like skydiving and bungee jumping. Have you ever wondered why we have these rules? And where do the rules come from?

Why Do We Have Safety Rules?

Safety rules are in place to protect the people of our community. They protect all of us. Many safety regulations were implemented because of a condition that led to someone getting seriously injured or killed. The truth is people paid the price for many of our safety rules with their lives, limbs, or blood.

For example, the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) was enacted into law in response to a sharp increase in the number and severity of workplace injuries. The law mandates safe working conditions for employees. In the four decades since OSHA became law, workplace deaths and injuries have dropped by more than sixty percent. The rate of reported serious injuries occurring in the workplace has declined from 11 per 100 workings in 1972 to 3.6 per 100 workers in 2009. OSHA safety rules have prevented countless work-related injuries and deaths.

What Happens When Safety Rules are Violated?

When safety rules are violated people get injured or killed. Consider the perilous conditions inherently created at a construction site. There are any number of structures to fall off of, get stuck between, or get struck by. Certainly, some safety rules are overbearing, but safety rules and regulations protect us.

When Is It Okay to Violate A Safety Rule?

Never. It is never okay to violate a safety rule. Even if the rule seems overbearing or unnecessary to you. You cannot know who might be injured as a result of the safety rule you break. You cannot predict or control the harm that might be caused. It bears repeating: when safety rules are violated people get injured or killed.

Where You Injured When Someone Else Violated A Safety Rule?

If you were involved in an accident caused by a violation of a safety rule, call our injury attorneys in Omaha today (402) 558-4900 to schedule a free personal injury case consultation. Our compassionate staff is available to help answer your questions and begin the process of seeking justice in your accident case. People who violate safety rules and endanger others should be held accountable for their actions.

Matthew G. Miller serves clients throughout Eastern Nebraska and parts of Western Iowa including Douglas County, Sarpy County, Lancaster County, and Pottawattamie County, as well as the cities of Omaha, Lincoln, Bellevue, Papillion, Fremont, Blair, Elkhorn, and Council Bluffs.