I was told by my outgoing manager that the safety investigation meeting would tomorrow at 9am. I told him that I wouldn’t have time to assemble my crack team of legal scholars to defend me. That’s when he blew up and said, “On my last day here, you can’t give it a break?” I replied, “John, I will be found guilty of hitting the parked car and a stiff penalty will be meted out. Okay, assemble the kangaroo court and I’ll be there.”
I told him that as with any trial prior to sentencing would I be allowed to make a short statement? He agreed. Even a condemned prisoner gets the privilege to do that prior to execution. I then typed this statement:
Thank you for allowing me to read this statement prior to the beginning this investigation. I take responsibility for striking the vehicle with the right rear corner of my truck. There were many things I could have done to prevent the collision. In my brain, me circling the block rather than backing up to access the pole was enough but in hindsight, I could have gotten out of my truck and placed a few safety cones near the cars so as to offer myself a safety zone. I actually thought about doing this but being that the roadway was narrow, I chose incorrectly and chose to maneuver in front of the pole as quickly as possible as not to hinder traffic flow. I should have also tried to make a helper ticket but since it was late in the afternoon, I decided not to.
The customer had waited all day for us to arrive and I felt rushed to get her new fiber in service. Again, I failed to put safety first. When I think of this incident, I actually have a tear in my eye because I let JOHN Fortenberry, Jeffery Sharp and AT&T down by my careless actions. Maybe it was that I had attempted to install three fiber services in one day and maybe after being sick for the two prior weeks, my mind wasn’t right with the job.
I can only apologize and accept the penalty that will be meted out to me. I throw myself on this court and ask for misery. I calculated last night that I have driven various company vehicles for now 36 years and 150,000 miles for the most part I have not had any at fault accidents other than in 1987 when I backed into a pole. I have given my knees, shoulders to this company and I can only hope those who will judge me take my service into consideration
I guess those in power want me to feel bad for hitting the car. The truth is, for the previous two weeks I was sick as a dog. I checked my last gross earnings balance and saw that I am 500 dollars short of hitting the 70,000 dollar mark… I will make it up somehow and after filing a grievence I will get four of my 5 days back… This too will pass