October 6, 2022
MOOSE JAW – A City of Moose Jaw employee was struck by a vehicle whose driver illegally entered a closed work area.
The incident occurred Monday, October 3, 2022, at approximately 2:25 p.m. at a work zone on the 1100 block of 13th Avenue NW.
The employee suffered non-life-threatening injuries due to the incident and Moose Jaw Police are investigating.
“We’re upset and extremely discouraged by this incident,” said Jim Puffalt, City Manager. “This work zone had clearly marked signage and was properly barricaded, yet those signs were ignored, endangering the lives of our crew. Our thoughts go towards our employee and their family. Thankfully the injuries weren’t more severe.”
Puffalt is imploring drivers to obey marked signage and exercise extreme caution in work zones, for the safety of everyone.
“Unfortunately, we’ve had multiple incidents like this in recent history, and there are consequences,” Puffalt continued. “Not only can serious injuries occur, but anyone who fails to observe posted signage can face penalties under sections 9 and 10 of the City’s Traffic Bylaw. Our crews work hard to improve Moose Jaw’s infrastructure and they can’t perform properly or efficiently if they are constantly worried about their safety.”