Council workers suspended after filling pothole

By Council Reporter

Three employees of Cork County County have been suspended for filling a pothole!

At todays’ Council meeting County Councillors, including the Mayor,
called it “Health and safety gone mad”.
But the County Manager Martin Riordan says the Council has to follow
Health and Safety Legislation.

The incident took place when Council employees were returning from a
road-works job and noticed a
pothole in Carrigaline on Bothar Guidel. They left their vehicle and
began to fill the hole with tarmac.

However they came to the attention of a passing Inspector from the
Health and Safety Authority because they
didn’t have all the necessary safety signage and measures in place.

The three Council workers have been suspended with full pay pending
the outcome of a disciplinary hearing.

Local Carrigaline Cllr John A. Collins (Fine Gael) understands both
sides, but said the staff should be reinstated pending the outcome of
a disciplinary hearing.

The County Manager says the local authority HAS to follow health and
safety legislation as it is written, but
Carrigaline Cllr Collins said maybe…. safety legislation needs to be
less strict

0325 POTHOLE 01 fg cllr john a collins SAYS WORKERS ARE IN LIMBO.mp3
0325 POTHOLE 02 fg cllr john a collins RECOGNISES LEGAL POSITION but WANTS LAW CHANGED.mp3

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