This is the end of the myths of construction safety discussion. Thank you to those who have joined me to let me know your thoughts on Ron Prichard’s Construction Safety Myths – whether it was by email or blog comments, your insight was appreciated
Here is myth number thirteen.
Myth 13: Safety Associations Are Really Interested in Solving the Problem
There is an unacknowledged codependency between the associations that serve safety professionals and the problem of safety. As long as safety results remain stable and within an acceptable range, there is no general outcry for a solution and the need for the safety profession remains. This is not meant as an indictment of the profession for doing what all professions do—advancing the interests of those within the profession. Just open any professional magazine and look at the editorials and member information. It’s quickly apparent whose interests are being promoted, and rightfully so.
If I read this myth correctly, the author is saying that if the association would solve the problem, then the safety profession is no longer needed. That is quite the assumption if you ask me. So there is some magical cure all that can completely eliminate all risks from a project? And the safety associations are able to create this cure, but are unwilling to so they can continue to promote themselves? I think Prichard is starting to reach a little too far for more myths rather than settling with 10 or 11 good ones.
What are your thoughts?