Murder Inc. by Gerald Goldhaber
Do you assume the products you buy, the food you eat, the medicines you take, and the cars you drive are safe? Think again. We’re exposed on a daily basis to life-threatening hazards of which we’re often unaware. From defective airbags that can explode and kill us to poisonous additives in food, we’re often the unknowing victims of corporate malfeasance and shamefully incompetent government oversight.
In this hard-hitting expose′, Dr. Gerald M. Goldhaber examines the outcomes when corporate profits trump public safety. He uncovers the dismal history of government regulatory agencies that are supposed to protect us, but instead appoint leaders who come and go from the same industries they’re tasked to regulate. And while our modern conveniences make life easier and more enjoyable than previous generations, we also face new dangers of the digital age. The hacking of autonomous cars, misuse of private information collected by smart devices, and renegade programming glitches in smart homes and offices are just a few scenarios confronting us in the near future. The companies who produce these innovations need to ensure they’re fail-safe, or face hefty lawsuits if and when things go wrong.
Principled disclosure of hidden hazards is an industry – and regulatory – necessity. We can only make informed choices and avoid needless injury and death when we know all the facts. Dr. Goldhaber recommends twelve steps to take control of our safety, and outlines a model of corporate responsibility and government regulation that balances public safety measures and company profits to the benefit of all.
Over the past 41 years, Dr. Gerald M. Goldhaber (www.goldhaber.com) has emerged as the nation’s leading safety warnings, communication expert. His clients have included over 100 of the top 500 corporations in the U.S., 50 of the top 100 law firms and government agencies including the FDA (for whom he has consulted on the new nutritional label), the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for whom he has helped establish guidelines for products ranging from All Terrain Vehicles (ATV’s) to soda bottles to in-line skates, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for whom he has consulted about potential warnings for sugary products, the Department of Defense (DOD) for whom he has consulted about warnings needed for military aircraft, bombs and other weapon systems, etc. Dr. Goldhaber has designed warnings for dozens of consumer and industrial products including Playtex Tampons, Otis Elevators, Rheem Water Heaters, Nissin Foods, SC Johnson’s Raid and Off, Dr. Pepper/7-Up/Cadbury Beverages and Owens Corning Fiberglas Wool Insulation.
He is the author of 10 books (including two of the all-time best sellers in the field of communication (Organizational Communication, the first and leading college textbook in the field of Organizational Communication, now in its 8th edition and translated into Spanish, Finnish and Chinese and Communication Probes, which sold over 1/4 million books), several hundred scientific papers and consumer/industry speeches as well as the subject of dozens of interviews by leading television networks and newspapers/magazines (Fortune, Forbes, Time, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, New York Times, Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, etc.) on safety communications and warnings. He is also the publisher of the monthly Goldhaber Warnings Report, now in its 10th year reaching over 10,000 lawyers nationally, the instructor of the official digital course on warnings and safety communications for the National Association of Continuing Legal Education (NACLE), the nation’s leading provider of continuing education for the legal profession as well as the official provider of webinar and Blab lectures on warnings and safety communications for Experts.Com, the nation’s leading provider of expert witnesses.
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