The social worker who worked on the train crash that killed seven people at the Kentucky State Fair has called for social workers to have a “zero tolerance” for people who don’t follow social distanced rules.
State Sen. Bill Bell, R-Covington, introduced a bill Monday that would require social workers in Kentucky to enforce social distance rules, a move that is expected to be supported by the National Association of Social Workers, a group that advocates for social worker accountability.
Bell said social workers have a responsibility to protect the public, and he called on them to follow social safety rules.
He said social distancers can’t be expected to act on information that they haven’t already seen.
He added that social distancer training could lead to a reduction in the number of injuries.
In a Facebook post, Kentucky Department of Safety Director Brian Brown said social work has a responsibility in helping individuals find safe and appropriate ways to travel safely, and that he was disappointed in the Kentucky Senate’s move to ban social distancings.
The department will continue to work with our social distouching staff to ensure the safety of our members and guests and the general public, Brown said.