I've been struggling with a recurring problem with my immediate supervisor at work for the last year or so. He tends to take a very lax attitude when it comes to safety policies, procedures, and maintaining safety equipment.
This attitude has repeatedly put customers and staff in very real danger of serious bodily injury.
Everytime I have to question him about a particular decision he responds with something like:
It's not that big a deal, don't worry about it.
It's only a few people, they'll be fine.
We've already had a few major incidents where things went really wrong and another co-worker and I had to go out on rescue missions to help customers who got jammed up by his poor judgment. Only to find that our equipment didn't work properly and none of it was set up ahead of time.
The general attitude of the rest of the staff is:
If you can't do it safely, you just don't do it.
Meaning that if we don't have enough people working that day, or the equipment isn't in perfect working order, or the conditions don't look good, you don't take the risk, full stop.
I've approached my supervisor's boss already, and the response was to roll out stricter policies, but unfortunately my supervisor still doesn't seem to be taking the situation seriously. How can I get through to him and stress that these things are really non-negotiable before something worse happens?
To clarify without giving out too much identifiable information some, but not all, of these situations have to do with boating safety.
I asked this question here because I was looking for an interpersonal solution. Some of the typical work related solutions have already been tried and some would be ill advised because I would be running the risk of losing my job.