One of the things I find solace in is helping others in similar situations as mine. Whether it's by lending an ear, giving advice, or just simply "getting it." But there's a bigger service I need to perform to feel some peace.
I truly believe that one of the several factors involved that contributed to Matt's accident was the fact that OSHA hadn't stepped foot in the facility since it was built. Nor did they step foot in there after the new test bay was added on, which wasn't that long before Matt started working there. As far as I know, they only inspect a facility if there is an injury or death, or if someone reports a safety hazard (and who wants to be the whistle blower in the company they work for?). There need to be more preventative measures in place. That's not to say that the facility wasn't inspected at all, but if whoever the company hires to come in to inspect finds any violation, they don't have the power to impose the same fines, etc. that OSHA has. So what would motivate a company to comply if any were found?
For anyone who doesn't know or remember, Matt was a test engineer for a company that manufactures industrial-sized air compressors. His job included working with machinery that required National Grid and other major utilities to be called to get their approval before powering up the machines to test them - that's how big they are.
OSHA has no policy in place that requires them to inspect a facility that manufactures industrial-sized machinery before a company's operations begin. Nor do they have a policy to inspect a facility after a major structural change/addition has been made to the area where they manufacture/test the machinery.
Not to mention the pathetic fine they gave the company after Matt's death - a mere $6,300, and the company was only required to post the violation in the room where he died for three measly days.
I believe that the only way I can make Matt's death not completely in vain is to see that those procedures are added to OSHA's policies.
I know I'll have my work cut out for me, and I'm gonna have to learn a lot about politics. It's going to be a long road, but I need to do this for Matt. I need to do this for all the other people working in these dangerous jobs, and I need to do this for myself.