I must admit I had to skim the last few pages of this thread, but a few things stand out to me as amusing or notable:
- Some people who, to paraphrase Phil, sign the back of checks, would like to force their employers to allow them to make a choice their employer disagrees with for whatever reason They seem to figure they are entitled to dispute the choices of their employer at zero cost to themselves.
- Few people who are concerned about employers taking a proactive role in the personal choice of employees note the connection these confrontations have to employers being financially responsible for things as intensely personal as health and safety.
- Even if these paid skiers are at less risk than the general public, the employer has financial responsibilities tied to risk with those employees, and the costs of risk have been increasing at a high rate for many years.
- Someone who works with something as exciting and dangerous as elevators (the safest form of transport, period, last I heard) is ranting about icebergs and slippery slopes and liberty to have a free head over a policy change by an employer in the admittedly somewhat less exciting ski business several thousand miles away. I strongly agree that this should in an ideal world be a personal choice, but back here in reality-land employers make intrusive rules every day. It seems a pragmatic solution is to start signing the front of checks.
- If you are worried helmets will become required for the lift-served playpens of skiing, your number one enemy is your fellow recreational skier, not Vail. More and more people are freely deciding to wear helmets, and no one is going to make helmets required for adults until the vast majority of adults are already wearing them without complaint.
I didn't wear my helmet at least a half dozen days this year. Mostly well away from the lift served theme parks. My employer doesn't have a board, and I've never seen him wear a helmet...so I've got that going for me.
This is fantastic. Not only do you know what I need to do for my personal safety while I ski, but now you know more about the elevator construction business as well.
As I have stated REPEATEDLY...none of this matters. The point of the OP was to simply say it should be his choice to wear a helmet or not. We don't need preaching,statistics or mother knows best attitiudes.
If Vail starts this crap and the sheep like public follows along without considering their options for themselves, this will be only the beginning. First employers, then resorts. First helmets, then something else. Cause once it starts....it NEVER stops
Be very careful what you let 'them' take from you.....it will never be yours again.
Edited by Rossi Smash - 4/20/2009 at 11:45 am GMT