In a story from St. Louis Post Dispatch, a prisoner died while in lockup as a result of the failure of the police dispatcher on duty to check up on inmates under her control. Safety rules protect us all, be it on the road, at work, on a job site, or even in jail. The inmate, a 38 year old man, was found not breathing in his cell and pronounced dead later at the hospital.The story explains that the dispatcher has been charged with official misconduct for intentionally or recklessly failing to perform a mandatory duty.
Safety rules are designed to protect us all from harm or death when out and about in the world. For the rules to work, people have to be properly trained to follow them, and properly supervised to ensure continued adherence. When the system is in place and is followed, the rules work and people are kept safe. When the system fails and a person is either not properly trained or not properly supervised, people can get hurt, or in this case, die.
We work tirelessly to hold rule breakers accountable to ensure that systems are in place to prevent injuries and death from happening again. If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of someone else's negligence, even in jail, feel free to reach out and we will let you know if we can help.