The Blameworthiness of Health and Safety Rule Violations
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Faculty of Social Sciences
Law & Policy, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp. 472-490, July 2005
Man-made disasters usually lead to the tightening of safety regulations because rule breaking is seen as a major cause of them. This reaction is based on the assumptions that the safety rules are good and that the rule-breakers are wrong. The reasons the personnel of a coke factory gave for breaking rules raise doubt about the tenability of these assumptions. It is unlikely that this result would have been achieved on the basis of a disaster evaluation, or high-reliability theory. In both approaches, knowledge of the consequences of human conduct hinders an unprejudiced judgement about where the blame for rule breaking lies.
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Date posted: July 2, 2005
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