(CMR) A local man is asking the government NiCE workers to be more cautious on the roadways when using weed whackers and other equipment after being injured by a projectile rock this morning.
He shared with Cayman Marl Road that he was driving on the Esterley Tibbetts Highway with his window down; enjoying the Christmas breeze when a rock flew into his car and injured him. The rock was propelled in his direction by NiCE workers using weed trimming equipment.
“They need to be very careful. I can't imagine they received any training in the proper usage of the equipment and they are messing up people's vehicles and in my case my face. This same crew was by ALT Roundabout yesterday and as I drove by I would hear the rocks hitting my car. While I totally support the NICE program, public safety is also important”
The National Community Enhancement (NiCE) project is a government ran initiative giving over 343 persons temporary employment cleaning up the roadways several times for the year. This winter program ends this week.
The injured party noted the seriousness of the matter:
“While this may appear to be a minor injury the point is that the workers are obviously NOT ensuring due care. The potential was there for this to be an much more serious. It could have been my eye. Other drivers were honking at him indicating their vehicles were being hit by the rocks and he was not stopping.”
CMR will contact the government to inquire if the NiCE workers are covered by any insurance policy for any damage that they may be causing to private citizens. The program has not been without issues as in August an altercation left two workers stabbed.