Stricter safety regulations are considered a no-brainer because they protect everyone involved. However, it appears that the U.S. government is choosing to play fast and loose when it comes to enforcing them. One such case is the incident where a crane collapsed on the Tappan Zee Bridge. If greater safety procedures had been in place, the whole accident could have been avoided.
The accident on the Tappan Zee Bride is not the only one in recent history. Making changes regarding safety measures in a neccesary and important step because it will help to protect people from further accidents and injuries in the future. Neglect of proper safety procedures has gone on too long.
Yes, the federal government should mandate greater safety procedures concerning roads, bridges, and other structures associated with public safety. As citizens, we contribute to society by working and paying taxes for government mandates and initiatives. Therefore, the responsibility rests on the government to keep us safe as we function in society. If government does not push for safety of citizens, the consequences may be detrimental and may cause an uproar in the governmental paradigm.
Yes, there should be a focus on safety, but it can't be so restrictive that things don't get done. Workers and the general public should be protected. In the case of the Tappan Zee crane, I'm not sure they know what caused the collapse yet, but large scale projects like it seem to need better safety procedures in place.