Group To Challenge TDOT After Four Deaths On TN Bridges
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A mid-state group will take their challenge to stop deaths on Tennessee's bridges straight to the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
Bridges to Justice alliance said a delegation of their members will present TDOT commissioner John Schroer with a statement of concern and a petition asking for stricter supervision of job site on Monday morning.
The alliance said there have been four fatalities on public bridge projects in the past 18 months.
The Bridges to Justice alliance will demand that TDOT take these immediate actions to stop unnecessary deaths:
Protect workers to report safety violations and other abuses without fear of harassment or retaliation
Reform procurement process to promote use of safe and responsible contractors.
Overhaul its monitoring and oversight process
Enforce regulations in TDOT's rules concerning "Contractor Debarment and Suspension"
Initiate an open and transparent dialogue with Bridges to Justice to find mutually agreeable solutions.
The group said their main hope is to promote responsible contracting reform.
Two of the four deaths happened in Knoxville, with one in Memphis and the other in Chattanooga.