Enforcing the rules
By Dave Murphy
Are safety rules actually enforced in your department? Do some officers/companies/shifts take them seriously while others blow them off completely?
In private industry where safety is taken seriously, they have a way of dealing with habitual safety offenders — they fire them.
Maybe we should learn from them. I do not advocate a witch hunt-type atmosphere, but it may be necessary to get their attention to show you are serious. A word of caution here: always be 100 percent fair in the enforcement of your rules.