I am a safety professional, and in so much as I continue to be one, I bear as much guilt for these sins (being politically correct with safety) as anyonne else. That having been said, we must all redouble our efforts to recognize our collective role in the PC problem and work to solve these issues.
As far as our governments and corporations go, it’s all politics and optics. (bottom line) Most of the time the politicians and corporate leaders have no clue as to what goes on in safety and occupational health (S&OH) at their organizations.
I don't think companies shy away from talking about their safety performance, good or bad, because there is a lack of interests, OSHA paranoia, or inside counsel has frowned on discussing it publicly out of fear of lawsuits, even though some of this may exist in every company. I think the reason is much more simple and straightforward.
At age 72, it seems right to retire and move back to my roots (NEBRASKA) so I announced my retirement. There was a big party, lots of gifts, lots of nice things said about me. Then I packed up and left. I retired for 12 hours and did not like it. An opportunity came my way...
I must say that I'm amazed at the near-hysteria of some of your readers about having an OSHA leadership that actually tries to do its job rather than just process VPP applications and praise corporate declarations of their "commitment to excellence."