Guard rail added to snow trucks this winter
By Laureen Sweeney
Bright yellow safety guards are being fitted onto Westmount’s three Public Works dump trucks on a trial basis just in time for snow removal duty. Specially made as a prototype, the guards are a safety measure to prevent pedestrians slipping between the wheels.
“A simple thing like this can save lives,” said Councillor Cynthia Lulham who championed the local initiative as part of a national crusade to require mandatory installation of such guards. “I’m proud of our Public Works and happy we’re setting an example.”
The Jessica Campaign was launched by Jeannette Holman-Price, whose daughter, Jessica, lost her life December 19, 2005 falling beneath a contractor’s truck during snow removal operations at Sherbrooke and Strathcona. The campaign to lobby Transport Canada to require the safety guards has been taken up by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. (See the Independent, February 10, 2009, p. 1.) “We’re hoping we’ll be a model for others in reducing risks,” said Public Works director Marianne Zalzal. Already, the guard rails have required some height adjustment and other fine tuning is expected, she said.