I write concerning the article “Road workers need better protection,” Feb. 18.
City of St. John’s Coun. Bernard Davis is bang on in his assessment of the discharge for Ed Drover and the weak message this sends on workplace safety.
An absolute discharge and a $1,500 fine are the consequences for entering a workplace, essentially assaulting two workers with a weapon and then fleeing the scene.
If the punishment doesn’t seem to fit the crime, don’t worry, there were mitigating circumstances. The assailant was suffering from “impatience” at the time.
At a time when road workers are increasingly at risk, not just from cement mixers, jackhammers and steamrollers, but also from the road rage of some of the travelling public they serve, this sends absolutely the wrong message on workplace safety. These men and women are on our roads every day providing an essential service to the public and, in this case, the two City of St. John’s workers were simply trying to stop Mr. Drover from driving into an area where heavy equipment was crossing the road.
You have to wonder how the situation would be judged if these two workers had shown as little regard for Mr. Drover’s safety as he showed for theirs.
CUPE Newfoundland Labrador