Roof damage at Canada Post halts mail service

James McLeod
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Workers secure the damaged roofing material on the top of the Canada Post building on Kenmount Road in St. John's Friday afternoon. Sections of the roof were blown off by high winds earlier in the morning. — Photos by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

Canada Post delivers the mail in all weather, all seasons - unless it's so windy the roof of blows off its building.

Residents in St. John's and Mount Pearl didn't receive mail Friday after part of the roof blew off the Canada Post facility on Kenmount Road.

Early in the morning, debris was blowing through the parking lot, and part of the roof could be seen hanging off the side of the building.

Following an investigation into the seriousness or the situation, Canada Post evacuated the building.

"We were able to secure the parking lot and then we were able to evacuate our employees safely," said Denise Corra, speaking for Canada Post.

The RNC was on hand to help.

Union officials are already raising concerns about the incident. Craig Dyer, shop steward for the Canada Post workers in St. John's, said workers were initially told to keep working after the initial damage was reported.

"What I saw was large pieces hanging off the roof, reports had it that there was plywood blowing through the back parking lot," Dyer said.

"We're not engineers. We're just rank-and-file members. But when you see huge pieces of your roof flying around, it's probably not a safe situation."

Corra said there was no point when workers were in danger.

"The danger would have been if we had sent them outside and they might have gotten hit by debris that was swirling around," she said.

"We wanted to make sure that wasn't going to happen, that they could exit the building safely.

"There was never any risk to them inside the building."

Late Friday afternoon, Canada Post employees were being called back to work. Regular mail delivery will resume Tuesday. Twitter: TelegramJames


Organizations: Canada Post

Geographic location: St. John's, Mount Pearl, Kenmount Road

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  • Homer
    December 31, 2011 - 11:07

    I think it is a total disregard to the safety of Canada Post employees! This is the second major incident in as many years... Lets not forget the bomb scare that was called in, in which it took CP management several hours to evacuate the building... Thankfully to the workers and their families it was only a scare... Had it been a real threat, alot of lives would have been devistated! Time for a major corporation to get priorities strait! The employees are there to provide a public service, no matter the conditions, unless lives are in danger! Canada Post has let go of the public service and want to replace it with the almighty dollar! Federal cash cow if you will... If anyone knows or has a family member or loved one working for Canada Post, I would be a little concerned for their well being! Cause money is KING!