Twp. on hook for crash cost

A “human error” has cost Grand Haven Township nearly $800.
Krystle Wagner
Sep 17, 2013

A township Department of Public Works truck rolled in reverse into a condominium and air conditioning unit as a worker checked a meter at a sewer lift station on July 15.

The township’s insurance paid for the depreciated value of the 10-year-old air conditioning unit, leaving the township to pay $795 from its General Fund to cover the difference.

Township Manager Bill Cargo said they replaced the air conditioning unit immediately without waiting for an insurance adjustor "for good customer service" because of the heat wave at the time, and also because the condo resident had guests. He said the unit was replaced within five hours after the incident.

Cargo said the township truck either wasn’t in park or slipped out of park when the employee left the vehicle.

“It was a human error,” he said.

The condominium unit and township service truck received minor damages, but Cargo said it won’t impact the township's insurance rate because it’s covered under general liability insurance.

“This is pretty unique and unusual,” he said.

Cargo said the employee underwent drug and alcohol testing to make sure there weren’t any hidden reasons for the crash.

During a recent Township Board work session, Township Public Services Director Mark VerBermoes said the worker was upset over the incident.

To prevent such incidents from occurring in the future, Township Administrative Services Director Suzanne Proksa said the public works crew is considering turning vehicles off when employees stop to check meters.





Free air conditioning upgrade!


Will you please send the township over to run into my house? I need a few old things replaced.

Barry Soetoro

Unit was replaced within five hours!!! The condo must have been owned by a township employee, too! GHT cruises around in the nicest rigs in the area. I doubt the truck just slipped out of gear.


“It was a human error,” he said. Cargo said the employee underwent drug and alcohol testing to make sure there weren’t any hidden reasons for the crash.

So every time there is a human error the Township tests for drugs and alcohol? Wonder how much THAT costs the taxpayers!


Drug and alcohol testing after a workplace accident is often required by whomever is holding the insurance. This is common among most industries.


This is news becaaauuse.....?


Geez, leave the employee alone. Dang. No kidding, why is this in the news? Smut paper.


It made the news because we're done talking about the holiday light show.


We are? Guess I missed that proclamation.


Apparently you missed the public shaming of Boyink in todays paper!


It also helps because we're done talking about C3 and the Bil-Mar divers (divas/divers - whatever... anything for a free feed)


P.S. Perhaps the public works crew should also consider putting the vehicles in "PARK" and setting the emergency brake too??

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