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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.

Wayne Lucas


CUPE Newfoundland Labrador

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  • David Benson
    February 22, 2014 - 12:36

    The mitigating circumstances were that Mr. Drover is a member of the rich elite. Case closed.

    • Dolf
      February 24, 2014 - 13:42

      And the judge who turned him loose just might cross paths with him at a cocktail party. Now we couldn't have that could we? Proof positive every man has his price.

  • Cashin Delaney
    February 21, 2014 - 05:03

    "Bernard Davis is bang on in his assessment of the discharge for Ed Drover and the weak message this sends on workplace safety" but from what I've been hearing, it seems more like he is pushing for LEGISLATION? Who watchers the watchers? The legislation was all in place to treat this man to justice, and I feel that Davis is distracting from the real issue of accountability of the judiciary. This is not a legislation problem; this is a staff problem, a management problem, an oversight problem. We all know the first thing the RNC asks, after the basic facts, is "who owns ya", and we know if this was a cashier from Piper's doing the same thing in a Cavalier, with gauges in all his ears, he'd be up in Dorchester by now for more than impatience, he would be a case study in dangerous mental illness.

    • M P D
      February 21, 2014 - 10:15

      In this case the legislation fail to provide justice of a suitable nature. It has set a bad precedent which should be a concern to all citizens. The fact that Mr. Drover had such little concern for the safety of others while holding a position were he has a mandate to oversee the safety of offshore workers dumb founds people. This whole situation is very sad and unnecessary. If a message had been sent that this behaviour is unacceptable, maybe the workers of our City would not be so upset with the outcome. So, Thankfully Mr. Davis is voicing the concerns of the workers and advocating on their behave. Bravo!