The fact that something is legal does not mean it is advisable. I want to place each and everyone of you in the role of a small town judge. You see the same people come in and out of your courtroom weekly, monthly year after year. A woman who has been in your court several times for drunk and disorderly is drunk again, but this time she is pregnant.
This type of episode is not far fetched and does happen. You can give the woman her regular fine. You can send her to jail for a few days as a repeat offender. You can throw the book at her for endangering the welfare of a child.
The correct answer is probably the last one. Yet if any judge did do that they would be killed in the local media and maybe thrown off the bench. Drinking while pregnant is a very dangerous and stupid thing to do, but legal. The law is not in a position of enforcing common sense or sanity.
I used to joke about saftey harnesses and never wear one. I was banned from the the most dangerous work for other reasons. Top management's rationale was you are a senior manager and you are not paid to perform that duty, send a worker. One of the reasons I could go up unharnessed is I never lost my fear. The manager who replaced me when I was promoted had no such fear and did this dangerous work smoking and joking with people on the ground. I always reminded him you are not me and take this more seriously. I was saddened to learn shortly after I left the man fell, refused medical attention and died in his sleep. His family is suing the company, but his own negligence was a factor. I am somewhat guilty of being a poor role model.
The reality is I never let one of my workers go up unharnessed. If I gave the orders
their fate was my responsabilty. I did get into a discussion of this with an OSHA worker. He insisted on sending me to a nearby hospital to see workers that fell. My being banned from this type of duty made the point moot, but it was driven home.
We all have this image that we are better than the next guy, but in reality we are all human. Seat belts and safety devices are there for a reason and should be used.
We are not supermen and sometimes all of us need others to adjust their thinking.
Beamish in 08