All occupations carry with them the risk of job site accidents. However, certain jobs are particularly hazardous, especially those that involve protecting the public from danger. Due to the crucial role safety plays in these jobs, timely and accurate safety inspections are important to both workers and public alike. A fire department lieutenant in Augusta, Georgia is facing heat for neglecting a crucial safety inspection deadline involving his unit's oxygen tanks.
The tanks, which help firefighters breathe as they perform their lifesaving job duties, require a safety inspection once every five years. The deadline for the most recent inspection was April 30 of this year, but that date came and went without the review. In addition to help prevent workplace accidents, safety inspections can keep a workplace in compliance with laws, rules, and regulations. Moreover, according to the firefighter's union, the lives of firefighters are essentially put at risk when safety reviews of equipment fail to occur.