Safety professionals are called upon to make tough choices. They are usually successful in arguing their case. Sometimes they are not. A recent pair of stories on NPR highlighted the cost of taking a stand. They looked at an engineer who warned NASA that it was too dangerous to launch the space shuttle Challenger. His warning was overruled and, 30 years later, he still feels guilty that he wasn’t able to stop the liftoff:
The second story just aired today. The first report received so much response that the journalist went back and talked to the engineer again.
They both should be required listening for anyone looking to go into the safety profession.