Another heartwarming story of post-Rogernomics NZ society in today's SST: the case of Esera Visesio, killed when a faulty crane operated by Stresscrete (Fletcher Construction) came to bits while lifting a concrete slab. The Stresscrete Operations Manager, a poster boy for "individual responsibility" redefined to mean "me first and devil take the hindmost," spends much of the article attempting to convince us that his role as Operations Manager implied no obligation on his part to actually manage the operation. He was just an employee, same as the others. He was never told the crane was faulty (the judge didn't believe him, and neither do I.) He knew nothing of cranes. He had to make money for the company.The Dept of Labour was on a witchhunt. The worker shouldn't have been standing under the crane's load (presumably he was meant to guide the concrete slab into position by developing powers of telekinesis.)
The last claim tells us where this hero of post-Rogernomics directs the blame. "People need to take responsibility for themselves," he cries, presumably having had an irony by-pass. As a man who patently doesn't give a shit for anyone but himself, he struggles with the concept that his society might hold him responsible for the safety of the people he was managing. Surely their safety was their own individual responsibility? Having ordered his workers to use a crane he knew was faulty, surely the onus was now on them to be ready to run real quick if it broke while they were using it? Ah, the wonders of management in the individual-responsibility environment, eh? Too bad for him nobody told the Dept of Labour.