“There has to be an effort by the contractors to ensure the protection of workers, and a number of us are getting increasingly concerned in respect to the timing and trying to ensure the project is on schedule. Ultimately that affects safety …”
Sean McKenney, president of the Ottawa and District Labour Council
on accidents on the Ottawa light-rail project
Yes but it is even more than that. With two major sinkholes (one of which does not have a cause established but it was where the tunnel was being drilled in unstable land) associated with this project, the citizens of Ottawa as well as workers and management have been put in jeopardy.
Some people might suggest that the media over-reacted to the accident late Thursday afternoon. Good. Glad the media were on their toes.
The reason? Because the media and the public they inform, given LRT construction in the past, have every reason to be concerned about safety. That’s due to past performance on this project.
LRT project safety must improve. If not, people will be killed or injured.
Being safe is much more important than being on-time and on-budget.
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