Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Minnesota Snow Storms: Stay Off The Roads

AFSCME in Minnesota is warning the public that there may be trouble during snow storms if the state goes through with its plan to put desk-bound workers behind the wheel of snow plows, even though they had a two-week training course -- in the summer.
Their inexperience raises safety questions, said Bob Hilliker of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

"(The training) was on dry ground," Hilliker said. "It was up at Camp Ripley with no traffic and now they're going to go out in a storm and be in a lot of traffic at a high speed with the worst conditions possible."