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#1 posted 05-11-2011 07:22 PM

As an alternative to the usual debates, it would be more interesting to discuss practical ways of performing the intended operation that would minimize the risk of the type of injury that occured. While it may be true that “every accident isn’t preventable”, it may also be true that these constitue a tiny fraction of the accidents that do occur.

While it might not be the employer’s “fault”, the employer has more control over the working environment than any other party. Even “smart” people will do a bone-headed thing from time to time (or is that just me?), but it IS possible to engineer the work environment to minimize the damage from random acts of stupidity.

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