As we somberly honor another anniversary of the terrible attacks on September 11, 2001, we weep for the thousands of lives lost on that horrible day. We also, even in our sorrow, celebrate all the brave men and women who put themselves at risk to save as many as they could.
As important as it is to always remember, remembrance only gets us so far if we do not learn from what has happened. And 9-11 had many lessons to teach us, not least of which is the importance of doing everything we can to keep anything terrible from happening again.
There were many ways that 9/11 was preventable, including:
- Suspicious activity that was not cross-referenced
- Threats from al-Qaeda were downplayed
- The flight training by the terrorists was noted by multiple people
- Agencies lacking in proactivity
Looking at this list, it is easy to see how much could have been done just by properly sharing information. Though very few of us will ever be in a position to prevent a large-scale tragedy like September 11th, there are thousands of little tragedies every day that are preventable. We have been trained to see something and say something about things like odd behavior at airports, but we haven’t transferred this important skill to other parts of our lives.
One place where many terrible events are preventable is in the workplace. All too often people see dangerous activities and conditions and don’t report it to their higher-ups. Even when they do, they don’t follow up when nothing is done to fix all those problems. Nobody does anything at all until someone is hurt or killed.
Sadly, there comes a point where nothing can be done to prevent from occurring. Even then, it is important that we do what we can to keep a similar situation from happening in the future. Those same conditions that led to the under-reporting of dangerous conditions still exist unless someone steps forward to put an end to them.
If you or someone you love has been injured because of negligence, it is important that you contribute to a brighter future. We must insist that everyone receive the proper training on how to prevent tragedies, and the only way to do this is to hold to account those who stand in the way of this type of progress. It is difficult to bring about these changes on your own, so please don’t hesitate to contact an attorney to help you effect positive change.