Storm en­counter was an un­pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence

Cape Breton Post - - Editorial -

Last Oc­to­ber I was in Cape Bre­ton at­tend­ing Celtic Colors. One evening I was re­turn­ing to my ho­tel in Syd­ney and the road was blocked be­cause of the flood.

The prob­lem for me oc­curred at the city lim­its be­low the old Shannon home as I later found out. It was be­tween 10-11 p.m. at the time.

As I passed on King’s Road there was a truck parked in the mid­dle of the road on the white line fac­ing traf­fic with the ar­row lit to my right. There were no bar­ri­cades and no­body in sight. There was room to pass on ei­ther side.

So what did it mean?

Most peo­ple would take this as mean­ing to pass on the right side of the ar­row. See­ing no other in­di­ca­tion I pro­ceeded to do this. When I ap­proached the city line I saw the road cov­ered with wa­ter and a back­hoe work­ing. Not know­ing what was hap­pen­ing and re­al­iz­ing the road might be to­tally washed out I turned and went back to where the truck was parked.

I stopped and, ap­par­ently as it turned out, had the gall to dis­turb the in­di­vid­ual in the truck and ask him what was hap­pen­ing. He said the sign meant that I was to de­tour up the road on the north side. I asked him how I was sup­posed to know that and he an­swered: “If you couldn’t fig­ure that you shouldn’t have a driv­ing li­cense.” I sug­gested he could have put up a bar­ri­cade or been out of his truck to flag cars. He said no, not in this weather.

The next morn­ing as I left Syd­ney the Syd­ney end of the road was prop­erly blocked and signed as it should be. My pas­sen­gers sug­gested I go to city hall and file a com­plaint but I re­jected that idea as CBRM had more press­ing prob­lems.

Hope­fully, this in­di­vid­ual’s only qual­i­fi­ca­tion was the fact that he was alive and mov­ing at least to some ex­tent. I would hope that he was not trained. But I sug­gest he shouldn’t have been in this po­si­tion with­out train­ing. He rep­re­sented his em­ploy­ers – the CBRM – and had his in­ac­tion been the cause of in­jury or death I sug­gest there would be se­ri­ous li­a­bil­ity is­sues.

I re­al­ize it was a busy night and some­body put him there with the idea that a warm body was bet­ter than noth­ing. This is not good think­ing.

I’m in­volved with train­ing with the IMSA In­ter­na­tional Mu­nic­i­pal Safety As­so­ci­a­tion and I am aware of their many train­ing pro­grams in the area of Work Zone Safety such as Book7, Signs and mark­ings Level I and II and III, Con­struc­tion and many oth­ers.

I sug­gest that the CBRM look into these pro­grams and en­sure that their em­ploy­ees pro­vide safe and cour­te­ous ser­vice to those they are well com­pen­sated to serve. I re­al­ize that this in­di­vid­ual’s words and ac­tions do not rep­re­sent the ma­jor­ity of CBRM em­ploy­ees but not ev­ery­one knows that.

Wil­liam (Bill) Gra­ham Mis­sis­sauga, Ont.

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