Richard S. wrote:jpete wrote:there wouldn't be safety violations in his mines.
There isn't mine in this country an inspector couldn't walk into and start writing violations. As I said that is half the trouble.
I don't want to speak for the miners but my guess is you took a vote in this area they give the inspectors the boot.
Probably, but then the miners are responsible for their own safety. And that CAN work but in a non union environment, it's not likely. I heard an interview with a miner down there and he said the difference between union and non union was the ability to say "No".
I'm in a union and that is one of the good things. If a machine or a setup is bad, I can say I don't want to run it without fear of being fired. How many of the non union miners can say that?
These guys are the best people to decide what is or isn't a safe situation. They aren't idiots, they want to go home at the end of the day like everyone else. I'd trust them to police themselves, if they could do it without worrying about losing their job.