Safety rail a concern
The Penneys also noted they had difficulty getting Service NL to approve the rail along the wheelchair ramp attached to the main cabin building.
Rod claims Service NL originally approved the rails on the takeout building, which are the same design as the rail on the cabin, which had been approved.
He says that a Service NL representative later said the rail was not up to standard, and needed another railing added. They claim after they inserted the extra railing, Service NL asked that yet another railing be added, which was done. The rail was denied again and on Oct. 16 Penney claimed Service NL said the rail needed to be another 12 to 14 inches higher.
He says the extra height poses an even greater safety risk.
“They’re creating a risk for kids to really hurt themselves. Because if they can fall from the elevation that’s there now, why do they [Service NL] want me to put it 12 to 14 inches higher, so that if a kid climbs it, they got further to fall?”
“We take pride in what we do,” said Penney, “and I’m not doing any of this to cause trouble. I just want this resolved, so we can move forward.”
Service NL approved the newly modified ramp Monday, Oct. 30.
In response to an inquiry from The Packet, Service NL stated they could not speak to the specifics of an individual situation, and that railings on wheelchair ramps are required to meet the specifications set out in the legislation.