We Are Treating it Very Seriously

After reading Lance’s latest post, I remembered an interview I heard on the radio this morning. It was about a serious workplace accident, at a company that has had two recent workplace deaths. The man being interviewed said:

“We are treating this very seriously”

I’m going to come right out and say no, you are not. You are not treating this very seriously at all. Neither are Auckland Transport, the NZTA, nor countless other organisations dealing with the interaction between humans and heavy machinery.

“Treating it very seriously” is not getting on the radio to talk about treating it seriously. Treating it seriously is protecting human life and limb at any cost. That’s all there is to it. Goods, services, transport – what’s the point if we’re killing people in the process?

Shut it down and don’t open it up again until you can guarantee me that no one will die at your port.

Ban cycling from all inner city routes until you can grade-separate cyclists from traffic. Shit, in many cases (Ponsonby Road, Parnell Rise, Tamaki Drive) all you need are some portable barriers and the removal of carparks, and cyclists are now safe. At the cost of what? Some extra walking time for people having to park farther away.

And don’t you dare fucking preach about the inconvenience. Inconvenience? Go and talk to the family of a dead person about inconvenience.

We only have our lives.

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