When Paul Harvey’s colleagues climb into their rigs each morning and head off to work, they’re literally putting their life on the line.
They’re not cops, or firefighters or electrical power line installers or bomb disposal experts: they’re garbage truck workers.
“It is crazy out there,” said Harvey, the safety co-ordinator for Emterra, the contracting company that handles curbside pickup of garbage and recycling across Niagara for the Region.
“People are just not paying attention,” he said. “It’s incredible.”
Every day, Emterra’s 110 staff jump on and off or in and out of the company’s fleet of 65 to 70 trucks up to 1,200 times, with cars and trucks whizzing around them. Each day, those trucks can log up to 13,000 kilometres on average.
Harvey joined Regional Chair Alan Caslin, Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA) acting chief executive officer Peter Hargreave, Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris and Walker Industries executive vice-president Mike Watt in issuing a call at the Walker yard on the Thorold-Niagara Falls border on Friday for the province to adopt Harris’ private member’s bill to make it mandatory for drivers to slow down and move over for garbage trucks and snowplows and sanding trucks in Ontario. read more >>