The idea and practice of providing information to the public, specifically concerning safety, is becoming more popular and widespread. It also appears to be doing some good and achieving its purpose: improving safety even more.
One such example can be found in an article from CBS from Jefferson City, MO. Apparently, big rig safety is on a rise, though it may seem a slight rise. This has been partially attributed to the fact that inspection records (such as how many inspections were performed and how many of those were failed) are viewable by the public. This means that potential customers of a trucking company can see how well a particular company did on inspections. The better the company faired, the more likely others are to do business with them.
Another example can be found in cities that require all restaurants to post their latest health inspections in their establishment. If a restaurant has bad inspection results, especially more than once, that can affect their business. This is cause for the restaurant to be more cautious about its day to day operations.
I think it is important to continue this trend. It gives customers important information concerning the choices they make when deciding to which companies they give their business. It also brings a level of transparency that keeps companies from being able to hide behind "closed doors".