|These cars slid of an Indiana road this week on a snowy day in patt|
because a Comcast truck was blocking one lane of traffic
surprisng motorists who had just crested a hill.
In the video, which you can see below, a Comcast truck is blocking one lane of traffic on a slushy, icy two lane road while the guys make repairs to some sort of cable problem along the road.
There's a upward grade on the road before the Comcast truck, and then it goes downhill just prior to where the Comcast truck is parked.
Motorists crest the hill, and are then surprised to see the Comcast truck blocking things. Some of the motorists either slide off the road because they can't brake in time, or they crash into each other.
The Comcast guys seem oblivious. The guy making the video points out that the Comcast guys are creating a hazard.
The Comcast guy replies that they put out the correct number of traffic cones warning of the danger. Which is likely true for optimum driving conditions, but not for the conditions in winter storms.
Sure, some of the motorists might have been driving too fast for the conditions, but must the Comcast repair guys make things worse?
Why, yes, they must!
The guy shooting the video manages to put his own makeshift cones out, but it's not enough. We see a pickup truck slide into the back of a braking car, then skid into not one, but two front lawns.
After that mishap, the guy taking the video yells at the Comcast worker.
Who basically shrugs. Comcast Guy says, "I have work to do."
To which our videographer responsds, "You got work to do. Is that cable more important than people's safety?
I actually feel for the Comcast workers, because they're between a rock and a hard place. It's corporate America, where workers must do what is proscribed in company rules, even if it makes no sense. If they don't, they're fired or punished.
They might have been able to park the trucks in a safer spot, but maybe that would have violated company rules?
But if the publicity gets bad, which it does here in this viral video, they're still in trouble.
As the video went viral, Ed Marchetti, SVP, Technical Operations put out a statement, which read in part:
"Safety matters most - especially in dangerous weather conditions like this.
We are actively investigating what happened when our technicians were on site to restore services during an outage and we will reach out to those who were impacted buy this incident.
Within the next 24-48 hours, my team will meet with our technicians across the company to use this example of how important it is to make everyone's safety a priority in everything we do."
In other words, the employment of these Indiana Comcast workers is toast.
I'm glad that Comcast will emphasize safety, and I hope they follow through
I'm sure the people in that neighborhood were bummed that their cable access had been knocked out. I'm sure they wanted Comcast to fix the problem ASAP, as would I.
But I'd rather live without cable TV, and suffer through an afternoon unable go watch the Steve Harvey show, than see motorists get killed or injured because somebody is trying to enable me to watch the show.
Let's let common sense rule in winter weather, please.
Here's the video: