Distrust in disaster situations


Most people are forced into hazardous environments, whether through work or lack of alternatives (e.g. living near a chemical/oil plant). Many of us, though, are also guilty of knowingly putting ourselves at risk, even when we distrust an environment or those responsible for our safety (e.g. visiting countries or localities with low safety standards or hazardous environments). These issues can contribute to a lack of proper oversight, apathy, negligence, neglect or deliberate disregard for safety. A casual attitude towards safety then leads to further distrust, as mistakes that lead to disasters need to be “managed” and may be covered up.

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