Photo Sparks Safety Questions
Prince George, B.C. – A photo which the City of Prince George released last week showing workers making the final connection on the water main loop they were installing, raised plenty of questions.
There were also questions about the safety of having workers “under the bucket” of an excavator, and if those workers were being exposed to exhaust and gas fumes.
250News posed those questions to the City this morning, and Senior Communications Officer, Michael Kellet says there were no safety issues . He says at no time were any workers under the bucket of the excavator “We believe it’s a matter of perspective in the photo that makes it appear someone is under the bucket.”
As for the slope, Kellet says “Safety representatives were on site during the construction to confirm that safe excavation practices were being done.” He also says gases were not a concern “due to the size (of) the excavation and the exhaust from the unit blowing out in the opposite direction.”