Monday, April 7, 2008

Criminal Charges Recent Explosion in Serbia

They don't mess around when it comes to plant explosions in Belgrade, Serbia. An explosion over the weekend at a pesticides storage facility put 29 people, mostly firefighters in the hospital. The Environmental Ministry is filing criminal charges against the responsible person. Is it possible that someone high in management could be sitting in a courtroom soon explaining why the incident occurred and what preventive and mitigative measures the facility had?

I wonder how far plant explosions would be reduced in the United States if criminal charges where filed by governmental entities immediately after an explosion? It's great here in the United States that criminal charges are really not considered after the majority of events, just a small fine and slap on the wrist. Fatalities and injuries in the cost benefit analysis are cheaper than voluntary administrative and technical preventive and mitigative measures. Thankfully we live in a free country of laissez faire.

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