Assumption Of Risk Who Is To Blame — страница 3
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company’s executives. When we look at the case from a distance it seems to be similar to that of the cigarette industry, but the difference lies in the non-addictive nature of mining. Although the company acknowledges the dangers of working in the mines, it is the decision of the workers to accept the risk or find less hazardous job. The individual holds the power to work in the mine or not. Unlike smoking, the mine holds no addictive qualities which force the workers to stay. The worker assumes full responsibility for his/her actions due to the choice to work in a hazardous area. Since the company never gains control over the worker, the worker stays in full control of the situation given the apparent risks involved. The only instance in which the mining company gains some power over the individual is in the case of monetary concerns. If the individual can only obtain work at the mine and relies upon the income produced, it seems clear that the company then holds some power over the individual. Although, this power is limited by the mind set of the individual to determine the actual importance of monetary gains. Since the mine holds no addictive quality which forces the individual to work, the worker holds a free mind to decide what qualities of life are most important. This freedom to decide releases the company from responsibility of any problems which may arise as a result of the mine work, and places all burden on the individual. Some may argue that the mining company holds some responsibility over the well-being of its employees. These beliefs support the idea that the company should provide the greatest amount of safety precautions for their workers. This can be witnessed through the use of safety equipment, medical aid, and protective gear. Since the company has already warned about the risks, it becomes the burden of the individual to purchase these items for themselves. The company only holds the obligations to inform the workers of such available equipment. If the workers feel this is unfair they may quit working and possibly force employers to engage in such safety precautions. The responsibility of providing payment for work is the only act which must be taken on by the employer after they have given the warnings about the dangers of mining. The rest of the responsibility lies in the hands of the miners who hold the power to decide where they work. The final case regarding responsibility of actions lies on a private road which warns individuals of falling rocks. The sign posted at the beginning of the road clearly states any dangers and makes the reader aware of the apparent risks. The fundamental obligation of the road is similar to that of the airplane in that it must provide a means for transportation from point A to point B. However, the road differs from the plane in that the person driving is in control of the situation at all times, and never gives up control over their actions. The speed of travel, length of stay on the road, and the decision to travel on the road are all decisions made by the individual and have a direct effect on the safety of the individual. In this case the driver becomes responsible for his actions on the road. The owner of the road met the requirements set upon him by providing means of transport and warning of any danger; all other responsibility lies in the able hands of the individual driving the automobile. The responsibility of any given action remains in the hands of those in control of the action at any given time. As seen in the airplane and cigarette examples, proper warning does not warrant lack of responsibility if the individual holds no control over the outcome of the action. The mining company and private road examples show how responsibility lies in the hands of the individual as long as control over the situation is also controlled by the individual. It is clear to see that responsibility for any given action remains in the hands of those who hold control over the situation.