Truck being investigated by MTO

We have heard how the accident on the Skyway Bridge has affected traffic and caused structural damage. But how did this happen? Even if the driver was allegedly impaired, how is it possible to drive a dump trailer with the bed up?I’ve been told that this is more common than people think and that with just a few simple mistakes the dump box can easily rise. However the manager I spoke with today told me the driver of the truck that went into the bridge would have had enough warning signs to tell him that something was wrong.District Manager Jim Campbell says you start up the dump truck after completing an inspection of the outside. Campbell says doing a standard check is crucial before every drive”If he did his pre-trip inspection and made sure everything was functioning correctly or if when he got into the cab, the type of vehicle he had probably had controls at the side of the seats he would have been able to see the moment he got in the vehicle that something was not correct.”There are a few important components. the tailgate button, the tarp to make sure it is attached to the box and finally the power take off or PTO gage. The PTO activates the pump while the vehicle is in neutral to raise up the box. “As long as they shut the PTO off. The box is going up in the air again. That’s how easy it happens”Campbell has said the 34-year old truck driver should have been able to feel the difference while he was driving: “You actually feel the weight and the way the truck handles acceleration and deceleration, it’s all together different”And even if he couldn’t feel anything wrong, Campbell says the different warning lights and buzzers should have alerted him.Campbell said today that if the warning lights or gages weren’t working in the vehicle it would have been considered out of service. This means the driver would have been operating a dump truck that is unfit for the roads and this would be another legal issue all together. read more

Annan calls on States to reaffirm ban on Biological Chemical Weapons

“It is increasingly understood that bolstering the biological security regime has become a matter of tremendous importance for global health and international peace and security,” Mr. Annan said in a message delivered by delivered by Enrique Roman-Morey, Deputy Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament, to the Geneva meeting.Mr. Annan noted that in this 60th anniversary year of the UN, the international community marks the anniversaries of two major treaties addressing the terrible threat posed by biological weapons – the Geneva Protocol and the Convention on biological and chemical weapons.The latter treaty remains at least as relevant today, given recent developments, he said. “There has never been more urgent need for international commitment to the universal application and full compliance with the Convention.”At the same time that terrorists may seek to use such weapons, rapid developments in science may create more dangerous biological and toxic agents. Mr. Annan said that discussions on the scientific Code of Conduct at the meeting could strengthen the Convention.”Developments in the life sciences in the years ahead will no doubt bring remarkable benefits, but they may also carry with them, as an almost inevitable corollary, considerable dangers” he said.As for the Geneva Protocol, its importance is that it represents an early ban on the weapons; it should no longer be controversial. “It is therefore appropriate to take this opportunity to call on the countries that still maintain reservations to the Protocol to withdraw them, since other conventions agreed to since then have rendered them obsolete,” he said. read more