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Havre, Mont., Restricts Cell Phone Use With City Equipment & Vehicles

July 6, 2006

HAVRE, MT – Safety has been made a top priority for the City of Havre, Mont., for the last four months. The city’s Safety Committee meets each month to work on the adoption of a revised version of Havre’s safety policy, according to the Havre Daily News. According to Committee Chair Rick Pierson, the city obtained a copy of the City of Helena’s safety policy and has used it as a guideline for developing the safety manual for Havre city workers.

Pierson said the city’s current policy is fairly vague, and the policy and procedures manual the committee is working on will be more specific, the report said. Some procedures will be left to the discretion of each city department. The committee has added a policy for cell phone usage on the job. City workers are no longer allowed to use cell phones while operating a city vehicle or city equipment. This will include lawn mowers and city trucks.

The committee has also discussed the possibility of designating a city worker as the human resources person or hiring someone to do that work. The committee discussed designating a person within each department for training on safety issues.

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