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Safety Standards

Do you say the state is should protect people from themselves? 
People? That means you. Would you like to be protected from yourself?

If so the state has to take the decisions about what we do or do not need to be protected from in general first. This is no easy task about what to leave in and what to leave out. Potentially all action have risk, so the government can be a participant in everything you do.

When a job is less safe, less people are willing to do it. A higher compensation is needed to attract workers to participate. If the cost makes a task unviable, you have a synthetic safety standard.
The problem when government dictactes what a safety standard should be accross the board, they will be stopping commisionars and workers taking on a task that they were both willing to participate in. It may be they get it right sometimes, but quite often it will be the wrong choice. This will disadvantage workers from opportunities, higher danger pay, and consumers from goods that would have been otherwise viable.

People who choose to work in dangerous jobs are likely to put a lower monetary value on safety than people who do not. Not everybody ahs the same preferences.

Unions only represent the employed. Therefore push up wages above the market cost, making things more expensive. Quite often this cost is passed on to outsiders like the unemployed.
Employers benefit from improving workplace safety when it costs less than it saves on their wage bill. There is no bias to any group in this methodology.
Self-serving employers will make the right trade-off without any compulsion. 

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