NC Wayne, Your statement
Our taxes pay for OSHA, and it's OSHA's job to enforce the laws on the books. If they need a union to force them to do it (((and I've known them to do inspections, and levy huge fines on just as many non union companies as union controlled companies))) then we have a huge problem with out tax money being wasted for something other than what it was taken from us for.
That said, OSHA and company rules will never over ride the pure human stupidity. That one thing causes way to many accidents than anything else. Problem is that ultimately they get blamed on the company, instead of on the stupidity of the individual that caused said accident........ My wife works for a company where a worker was killed when he was instructed to work on a 13000 volt electrical panel by his supervisor not even being a electrician!! He had a choice do it or go to the house.The company was fined $40,000 after the fact. Don't think companies won't put safety ahead of production. Happened in april of this year.