Between the OSHA inspector, the worker’s comp claims adjuster, and the in-house safety supervisor who’s constantly harping about the importance of construction safety training, it’s toss-up on job sites, drill rigs, and production plants, between which of them is seen as the biggest stooge.

The truth is those guys get a bad rap, and it really isn’t fair. So why not let’s put the jobs those people do into perspective?

Maybe it’s true that certain unfortunate events could happen to anybody at any time — car accidents for example. Contingencies notwithstanding, the plain fact is that the overwhelming majority of us go to work, and putter through the average work day without ever having to worry about whether or not we’ll be returning home at the end of the day. We take it for granted that construction safety training isn’t required for a day spent filing ‘TPS’ reports — whatever those are. For others like military personnel, police officers, firefighters, ironworkers, loggers, miners, oil and gas workers, electrical linemen, and various industrial production workers, the same cannot be said. Even to this day the potential for grievous bodily harm from workplace accidents is an everyday reality for a lot of workers.