Hold state workers to same safety standards

2013-08-26T00:00:00Z Hold state workers to same safety standards nwitimes.com
August 26, 2013 12:00 am

While coming home from work on Aug. 20, the Indiana Department of Transportation was doing road work on Ind. 2, filling cracks with hot oil.

They had their traffic signs up, and when I drove up to the flagger, she had the stop and slow paddle on stop. After I waited a few minutes, I was told I could proceed.

When I got to the other end of the work zone I saw the other flagger sitting on a trailer pulled by a state truck. He obviously has no concern for the safety of the traffic, and of his fellow worker. All he was concerned about was his own comfort.

I have worked in the heavy highway construction for the last 42 years. I have worked for both Illinois and Indiana. Any resident engineer who works for the state, with a private contractor, would write up and/or fine the contractor if he saw a flagger in that position.

The workers for the state should be held to the same standards as private contractor. 

- Howard A. Wirkus Sr., Lowell

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