[Death Of Lady Advocate] Another Plea Filed In MP HC By MPHC Bar Association, Indore Seeking Action Against Erring Hospitals [Read Petition]
News Updates[Death Of Lady Advocate] Another Plea Filed In MP HC By MPHC Bar Association, Indore Seeking Action Against Erring Hospitals [Read Petition] Sparsh Upadhyay11 Sep 2020 2:32 AMShare This – xA Writ Petition has been filed in the Madhya Pradesh High Court (Indore Bench) seeking strict action against the illegal, careless and negligence action on the part of the Respondent No.6 (The Bombay Hospital Indore) and 7 (The Aurobindo Institute of Medical Science) in ill-treating a patient/deceased (Advocate Achla Joshi).The Petition has been filed by ‘The M.P. High Court Bar…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA Writ Petition has been filed in the Madhya Pradesh High Court (Indore Bench) seeking strict action against the illegal, careless and negligence action on the part of the Respondent No.6 (The Bombay Hospital Indore) and 7 (The Aurobindo Institute of Medical Science) in ill-treating a patient/deceased (Advocate Achla Joshi).The Petition has been filed by ‘The M.P. High Court Bar Association, Indore’ (through Its Secretary Pankaj Sohani) through Advocate Lokesh R. Bhatnagar after the death of Advocate Achla Joshi due to the alleged negligence of two hospitals in the city.The subject-matter of the Petition in briefThe petitioner association got to know from the various newspaper and also from the family members of Late Achla Joshi (who was the life member of the petitioner association) that because of the carelessness of the Respondent No.6 (The Bombay Hospital Indore) and 7 (The Aurobindo Institute of Medical Science), she could not get proper treatment in time and she died untimely.It has been submitted by the petitioner association that on 05/09/2020 Late Achla Joshi was feeling uneasy, therefore, firstly she was immediately taken to the respondent No.6 Hospital i.e. Bombay Hospital, Indore (M.P.) but the administration of the said hospital refused to admit Late Achala Joshi and also denied to provide primary lifesaving medication in time to her.The family members of Sushri Achla Joshi then immediately took her to another Hospital i.e. Respondent No.7’s hospital (The Aurobindo Institute of Medical Science) but unfortunately, they also denied to admit Late Achala Joshi and also refused to provide primary treatment in time to her, however, after some time, when the respondent no. 7 Hospital got ready to provide treatment to Late Achla Joshi, it was found that she had died.It has been further submitted that while she was being taken to The Bombay Hospital Indore, she was conscious, however, the respondent no.6 neither admitted her nor provided her with any primary lifesaving treatment and also refused to admit her in the hospital.Similarly, Respondent No.7 Hospital also denied providing any treatment to her initially, however, after making so many requests, the hospital got ready to provide the primary treatment to her, however, the lady advocate had died by then.The petitioner association has contended that if the Respondent No.6 and 7 had provided treatment in time to Late Achla Joshi, such unfortunate incident could have been averted.Lastly, it has been alleged that the respondent No.6 and 7 are responsible for causing the death of Late Achla Joshi, therefore, strict action is required to be taken against the Respondent No.6 and 7.Grounds for approaching the High Court (as mentioned in the Plea)* The conduct of the Respondent no.6 and 7 is against the guidelines of the Apex Court in the matter of Parmanand Katara Vs. Union of India AIR 1989 SC 2039 issued in this regard that every hospital is duty-bound to provide emergency immediate primary treatment to every person.* The inaction of the respondent no.6 and 7 is in violation of the article 21 of the constitution.* The conduct on the part of the respondent no.6 and 7 in not providing the emergency primary treatment is also in violation of the guidelines issued by the State Government and Central Government.* Prima facie it appears that the hospitals have committed an offence punishable in the Indian Penal Code, therefore, F.I.R. be registered against the concerned person and the conduct of the Respondent no.6 and 7 amounts to Culpable Homicide as defined in the Indian Penal Code.Relief sought by the Petitioner Association* The respondent no. 1 to 5 may kindly be directed to initiate inquiry and punish the concerned director and employees involved in the management of hospital, Doctors and Staff of the Respondent No. 6 and 7 Hospital in accordance with the law.* The Respondent no. 1 to 5 be directed to cancel the licences of the concerned director and employees involved in the management of hospital, Doctors and Staff of the Respondent No. 6 and 7 Hospital who were on emergency duty at the relevant time.* The Respondent no.1 to 5 may kindly be directed to issue guidelines for all the Hospital to provide Emergency primary treatment to all the citizens of the state and also establish Emergency primary health Centre for providing immediate treatment.* The Respondent no.1 to 5 may kindly be directed to establish or appoint grievance redressal authority in the state.* To direct the respondents to pay the compensation of Rs.1,00,00,000/- to the family of the deceased.Interim relief sought – In the meantime the CCTV Footage and the entire documents related to the treatment of Sushri Achla Joshi of the Respondent No.6 and 7 Hospital dated 05/09/2020 to 06/09/2020 may kindly be preserved and submitted under the custody of this court for the purpose of inquiry in the interest of Justice.The Order of the Madhya Pradesh High CourtIt may be noted that while hearing this Writ Petition, the Madhya Pradesh High Court on Thursday (10th September) ordered, “Till the next date of hearing, respondent No.4 is directed to ensure that the CCTV footage and all the documents relating to the treatment of Sushri Achla Joshi from the hospitals of the respondents No.6 and 7 between period 05/09/2020 to 06/09/2020 are preserved.” The Single Bench of Justice Prakash Shrivastava was hearing the matter and it also ordered that notice be issued to the respondents No.6 and 7 on payment of process fee within 3 days.Matter has been listed for hearing after 2 weeks.Significantly, a PIL being WP No.13271/2020 has already been filed in respect of the same unfortunate incident and in that PIL, the Division Bench of Justices S. C. Sharma and Virender Singh on Thursday (10th September) passed an order for conducting a fact-finding inquiry by the District Magistrate.Click Here To Download Petition[Read Petition]Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Story
The upgrade’s explanatory memorandum blames short-termism on a “misalignment of interests between asset owners and asset managers”.It also complains of investors facing difficulties in exercising their rights, especially if their securities are held cross-border.The text refers to insufficient focus on the long-term performance of companies, arguing that too much attention is given to share-price movements and the structure of capital market indices.This “leads to sub-optimal returns for the end beneficiaries and puts short-term pressure on companies,” it says.It recommends that institutional investors and asset managements develop a policy on shareholder engagement that “determines, amongst others, how they integrate shareholder engagement in their investment strategy”.The new version of the Commission’s directive also brings in entirely new sections.For instance, there is one on ‘identification of shareholders in cross-border voting’, and another on ‘delegated acts and sanctions’.Under the latter, it is member states that are to “lay down the rules on penalties for infringements”.Commenting in public on the forthcoming legislation, Carlos Maravall Rodriguez, a Commission financial analyst, said work on the revisions aimed to harmonise best practice and protect the rights of investors across the EU member states.Answering questions at a conference, Rodriguez said the Commission’s overall aim was “to make equity more attractive across the board”.This would include institutional as well as private investors, by working via initiatives that touch on both spheres.At present, only “independent investors” are doing something to control company management of listed companies, he said.Chantal Hughes, Commission spokeswoman, said the EC’s presentation of the new proposal was set for April.She described the revisions as fitting in with “our wider objective of improving the environment for the long–term financing of the European economy”. Considerable upgrades to the Shareholders’ Rights Directive of 2007 are due to be unveiled by the European Commission in April.The revised legislation’s aim is to encourage institutional fund managers to increase their investments in equities across the borders of the EU.According to a leaked version of the upgrade, specific objectives will centre on increasing asset managers’ level of engagement with the companies in which they invest.It will also cover directors’ remuneration, transparency, the advice of proxy advisors and the cross-border transmission of data.
Third-seeded Stephen Shirley won the men’s Class Two title while Scott Jones lifted the Class Three crown in two early finals at the Jamaica National (JN) Open Tennis Championships at the Liguanea Club yesterday. Shirley stopped long-time rival, the top-seeded Leighton Burton 6-2, 2-6, 6-1. It was Shirley’s first win over his “main rival” in the last five meetings between the Class Two veterans. For his win, Shirley copped a prize from Singer and took home a shiny trophy. “I feel very good to win. Burton is a very tough competitor and the number one seed, and it’s always good to beat the number one,” he told The Sunday Gleaner after his win. His rival, Burton, said: “This is the biggest rivalry in Class Two. We have met five times in the finals and it is his (Stephen Shirley) first win,” he joked. Jones, the number one seed, rallied to beat number two seed, Jermaine Case 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 in another exciting affair. His prizes were also a trophy and Singer gift. Jones entered the match with a slipped disc, but was determined to win, so he took pain killers. He had been out of the sport for eight months. It was Jones’ fourth consecutive Class Three final, but his first win. “I am very happy for this win and looking forward to taking Class Two home in the coming year,” he said.
The Donegal Road Safety Working Group are joining forces with the Ulster GAA to highlight road safety through the “Live to Play” campaign at the Tyrone V Donegal semi-final in Breffni Park this Saturday 8 June 2019.Too often communities across the country have been devastated by the death of a motorist, pedestrian or a cyclist in road traffic collisions.Now, with the help of Jamie Brennan, Road Safety Ambassador, one of the youngest players on the Donegal senior team, the DRSWG and CLG Dhún na nGall is urging all road users to please look out for each other stressing the need for safety on our roads. Games are as follows:2.45pm: Tyrone V Donegal Ladies5.00pm: Tyrone V Donegal – Ulster Senior Championship Semi-FinalBrian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer said: “This is a great opportunity to remind all road users about their road safety responsibilities. “Far too many communities in Donegal have suffered the loss of a loved one as a result of a road traffic collision and we hope this initiative will help to prevent further deaths.“The support received from Maura McMenamin, Community, Health & Wellbeing Manager, Ulster GAA, CLG Dhún na nGall and Donegal player Jamie Brennan for this campaign, has allowed us to highlight that road safety is a shared responsibility and this responsibility must be the number one priority for all road users,” he added.“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility and ultimately it is up to all road users to be aware of the dangers and to treat the roads with the respect they deserve. Too often motorists take a risk and make the wrong decision. Is that risk worth a life?”Activities on the day will include the following: – Road Safety article in the match-day programme. – A public announcement about the campaign at half-time of Senior game – Distribution of Live to Play (LTP) merchandise at FanZone and at other entrances, with the assistance of Donegal Youth Council volunteers. – Carrying out of large LTP jersey onto the pitch at half-time of the senior game (Donegal Youth Council volunteers) – Features with Jamie Brennan and Neamh Woods as Donegal & Tyrone LTP Ambassadors on social media in the run-up to the game this week. – Highlight campaign on National and local media.Kevin Mills, Chairperson, County Health & Wellbeing Committee stated: “This road safety campaign is supported by Donegal GAA Health & Wellbeing committee in association with the Ulster Council, Donegal Road Safety Working Group and the Alcohol Forum.”Donegal’s GAA family get behind the road safety message ahead of busy weekend was last modified: June 5th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donega Road Safety Working GroupDonegal GAA
Gasoline- or propane-powered generatorsWe have considered a small portable or stationary propane generator. But such generators are obnoxiously loud for occupants and neighbors alike, require a fuel storage tank, have to be tested monthly, require periodic maintenance, and get pricey for larger capacities.That all seems an excessive one-time cost, plus a monthly chore we don’t need. Pipes might freezeEven if a loss of power seldom happens, what’s the impact if it does? There can be a substantial effect if it occurs in winter. Unless you heat with a wood stove, you need electricity to run the electrical motors on an oil- or gas-fired boiler, or the fan on a hot air system, or even the impeller on a pellet stove. So it could be a bone-chillin’ stay in the house while you await electrical power to be restored.More critical is preventing water pipes in the house from freezing. When warmer temperatures return, a burst water pipe can cause enormous damage to furnishings and even the structure of the house, particularly if it occurs in a concealed wall. That is a special concern for us as we will likely become “snowbirds” traveling to warmer climates during the deep throes of winter.Fortunately, a frozen pipe in Edgewaterhaus is a very unlikely event, thanks to the robust building envelope of a Passivhaus building. We’ve heard one Passihaus owner in upstate Massachusetts say he left for a week in winter when temperatures dropped below freezing most of the time, but the home’s interior stayed in the high 50s, according to the data-logger he installed to monitor building performance.We have no critical business or medical electrical usage needs. So our risk is really a lifestyle impact, and potential food loss in the summer. That suggests a no- or low-cost electrical backup approach. Power outages are rareNeighbors tell us that it is rare to lose power for more than a few hours. Most such situations are due to trees falling on power lines during storms. Users can notify Central Maine Power of a power failure by email or phone. CMP has recently implemented a slick web-based electrical power outage map. You can zoom to multiple levels of details, from the total area of service down to local street level, with summary information on the number of affected customers. That’s reassuring. RELATED ARTICLES Using a PV array in a power outageWhat are our choices for low-cost backup systems?We toured a nearby home with a roof-mounted photovoltaic system and a sophisticated – read expensive – series of deep-cycle batteries along with controllers to keep the batteries fully charged and a means to safely disconnect the house from the grid when you resort to battery power. We will have a photovoltaic system, but I don’t like the high cost of such a backup system, nor the idea of storing and maintaining batteries in the house. You’d also have to hope for sunny days during the outage to replenish the batteries. BLOGS BY ROGER NORMAND Looking Through Windows — Part 7Designing Superinsulated WallsCutting Down Trees and Milling LumberA Visit to the Local SawmillSeeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 1Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 2Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 3Can We Get More and Pay Less To Keep About The Same? Though there have been few brief power interruptions in this area, there is always a risk of widespread and extended power loss due winter ice storms. Many Maine communities have been without electrical power for days going on weeks when this occurs. Planning for Backup Power in an All-Electric HouseGas Lines Point to a Need for ResilienceHow to Live Comfortably Off the Grid Do Grid-Tied Photovoltaic Systems Really Have an Advantage? Should we include a backup electrical power supply for Edgewaterhaus, since it will be an all-electric home? If so, we should include provisions for a backup electrical source as part of the overall plan, whether we decide to implement it now or later.Backup power is like insurance: if you don’t collect a benefit while the insurance policy is in effect, all of your insurance payments were a complete waste of money. Conversely, if you collect a substantial benefit, you can pat yourself on the back for having made such a prescient investment.There are two questions to consider in deciding whether to buy a backup electrical power capability: What is the likelihood that we lose power, whether for a matter of hours or days? And what is the impact in terms of financial loss or lifestyle accommodations? Your Prius can provide emergency electricitySo I was intrigued with an innovative approach I saw while attending the Building Energy 2012 symposium in Boston in March. Converdant makes a “plug-out” kit that allows a Toyota Prius to serve as a home backup electrical generator! What an interesting concept.Why buy a separate generator when we could temporarily tap into our 2010 Prius’s efficient electrical generator, sophisticated electronic management system, battery reservoir, and ultra-quiet operation when the engine is running to recharge the batteries? No separate monthly testing required; system testing occurs each time you drive the car. No need for a separate propane storage tank; the Prius includes an 11-gallon gasoline tank easily refilled at any service station. The Converdant plug-out cost: $800 for a 2-kW kit, $1,300 for a 3-kW kit, and $1,800 for a 4-kW kit, plus an estimated $100 to install an electrical connection on the Prius, and a means to connect to the circuit(s) you want to energize.I can only think of a few downsides and one concern. The downsides: you must manually connect the Prius to the Converdant device each time you need backup electrical power; you must either park the Prius outside, or channel the exhaust fumes outside the garage. There is no instant-on switching capability as some dedicated backup generators provide. There will be periods without electrical power. That’s not a big deal for us.The concern regards the effect on the Toyota warranty. Toyota warrants the Prius hybrid system for 96 months or 100,000 miles. Would including an aftermarket product like the Converdant plug-out device void the Toyota warranty? No, according to the FAQ page on the Converdant website, which state that the Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act would require Toyota to prove that the Converdant device caused the hybrid system failure. I wonder whether there has been a real life test of this situation. Specifying a panel with a transfer switchFor now, we will hedge our bet. For less than an additional $100 above the cost of a typical electrical panel, we will specify a generator-ready electrical panel with an integrated transfer switch: the bus on the upper portion of the panel powers only grid energized circuits; the bus on the lower level powers circuits either from the grid or a standby generator.Under normal conditions, all circuits are powered via the grid. But manually throw the transfer switch in the middle of the panel, and all upper circuits are cut off and all lower circuits are powered via the backup generator.Using the Prius as a backup electrical generator sounds very interesting. We also plan to include a circuit to the garage to allow recharging a future plug-in hybrid or all-electric vehicle. [Editor’s note: Roger and Lynn Normand are building a [no-glossary]Passivhaus[/no-glossary] in Maine. This is the 19th article in a series that will follow their project from planning through construction.] The first article in this series was Kicking the Tires on a Passivhaus Project. Roger Normand’s construction blog is called EdgewaterHaus.
By Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhDCreative Commons [Flickr, Day 259, September 16, 2010]What are some effective strategies for reducing emotional distress caused by deployment separation? Recent research conducted by Louie and Cromer  examined parenting strategies during the 3 phases of the deployment cycle: (1) prior to deployment; (2) during; and (3) after deployment.A total of 30 military fathers participated in the study. All participants had a child 6 years or younger at the time of deployment, and had been deployed at least once within 2 years of study. Both active duty military and reservists were represented in the study group. Participants were recruited through Family Readiness Programs.The study’s goal was to identify parenting strategies that promote attachment during the deployment cycle. Structured interviews were conducted with the military father about his experience and his family’s experience during his most recent deployment. Interview questions were arranged to address all 3 phases of the deployment cycle. The Parental Stress Scale, a self-report measure of strain and satisfaction in parenting, was used to determine the parenting stress experienced by the military member.Pre-deployment: The analysts identified a total of 12 child-focused preparation strategies used by military fathers. On average, each participant used 2 preparation strategies, though 11 of the 30 military fathers did not prepare their children for the upcoming deployment. One-half of the participants talked about deployment with their children, 7 of the 30 participants used a globe to communicate with their children, and 6 of the 30 participants used pictures or read books to describe their upcoming separation.During deployment: Communication methods used during deployment were varied, though a large percentage (80%), used video conferencing. All of the participants reported communicating with their children during the deployment.Post-deployment: Almost 90% of the parents reported a need to get reacquainted with their child and readjust to their role as father. 80% reported stress or conflict with their spouse or other caretakers about parenting. Fathers also reported taking time of from work (73%) or taking a vacation (47%) to get reacquainted with their family.Results of the study suggest that parents who prepared their young children for deployment reported significantly lower levels of parenting stress. The number of communication methods used during deployment did not appear to affect parenting stress.Parents and their children benefit from pre-deployment preparation. Young children, including infants benefit from the psychological presence of a parent, especially if they can see that their parent is thinking of them daily. Young children have the cognitive capacity to understand deployment (separation) and also the capacity to grieve during the separation. During the study, the researchers determined that parents needed information on how to proactively promote attachment during the deployment cycle. The authors offered some delayed communication strategies to use during deployment:Taking pictures and videos of the child with the service member prior to deployment to be sent during deployment. An example of the message in a video might be: Daddy likes to (hold, play with) ____(name), Daddy loves ____ (name).For very young children, have the service member sleep with a clean t-shirt (babies can recognizes smells, voices, and faces by 2 months of age) and send it home during deployment for the child.Pre-deployment is a very important (and busy) time during the deployment cycle. Some planning can improve parent-child attachment and ease the emotional distress of reconnecting after returning home.References Louie, A. D., & Cromer, L. D. (2014). Parent–child attachment during the deployment cycle: Impact on reintegration parenting stress. Professional Psychology: Research And Practice, 45(6), 496-503. doi:10.1037/a0036603This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.
Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Those of us that are nerdy enough to write posts like this are really writing them for ourselves. But there are some voyeur-geeks out there that like to look at how other people work, especially when it comes to the digital tools other people use. There are also some people that really like to look for ways to be more efficient and more effective. I have a friend like that.Physical InboxI have a physical inbox for the paper that still seems to pour into my life. That’s really just a place to hold things for a while. That physical inbox sits right next to a Fujitsu ScanSnap scanner, and that’s where my real workflow begins.It doesn’t really matter what the paper is, it could be a bill, it could be a magazine article, or it could be a receipt, but whatever it is gets scanned straight into my digital inbox. If it doesn’t get scanned, it gets shredded.Whenever I find myself waiting for something or someone, I scan things into my digital inbox.Digital InboxI use Evernote as my digital inbox. I scan everything directly into the Evernote Inbox (you can set up your ScanSnap to scan straight into Evernote).I let things pile up in the Evernote Inbox all week long. On Saturday mornings, I go through all the digital stuff I collected throughout the week and sort them into the appropriate notebooks.My bills and financial records go into a local notebook, a notebook that isn’t sync’d to the Cloud. If you are using Evernote, you’re going to want some notebooks for private documents that are stored on your hard drive and backed up securely. But most of what I accumulate needs to be archived.Anything that requires that I do something or that I take some kind of action, gets moved to my task manager inbox.Omnifocus InboxOmnifocus is a task manager. A lot of people find it to complicated to use, but I think the more complicated your life, the more important it is to have a good system for keeping track of all of your commitments. OF lets me sort task into areas of responsibility, project folders, and contexts (which is really a location or resource, like at an office, telephone, store, or something like that).I collect all of my tasks into Omnifocus. I dictate a lot of tasks directly into Omnifocus from the iPhone. I also use the iPad version to capture tasks. It’s amazing how many unfinished tasks slip right past you if you don’t capture them. Ideas escape you if you don’t trap them in something, too. I pour everything into the Omnifocus Inbox, regardless of what it is.On Sundays I sit down and plan my week, moving the big tasks directly onto my calendar. Once I move my most important outcomes onto the calendar, I am committed to completing them on that day.I leave Omnifocus open all of the time, and I have a custom view that shows me tasks that need to be started and completed within the next two weeks. I also have another custom view for all of the tasks that belong to the three major projects I am working on at any given time.This is how I use my three inboxes and a little peek at my workflow.QuestionsWhat tools do you use to manage all the stuff that pours into your life?What does your workflow look like?Do you capture all of your tasks and commitments in one place?How do you decide what gets worked on and when?
The Guyanese left-hander, struck 819 runs at an average of over 50 in last year’s County Championship, including three centuries as Lancashire finished second in Division One.Former West Indies captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul has signed a new contract with Lancashire at the age of 43, the club said on Friday.The Guyanese left-hander, struck 819 runs at an average of over 50 in last year’s County Championship, including three centuries as Lancashire finished second in Division One, the club’s highest position since the 2011 title triumph.”The Club is extremely ambitious and there is a group of hugely talented young cricketers in the squad. I’ve really enjoyed playing my part both on the field scoring as many runs as possible, but also as a mentor to some of our younger players,” he said.”Hopefully I can continue to pass on some of my knowledge and experience to them,” Chanderpaul told the club’s official website (www.lccc.co.uk).Chanderpaul, who previously played with Durham, Warwickshire and Derbyshire, as well as enjoying an earlier spell with Lancashire in 2010, retired from international cricket in 2016 with an average of 51.37. His total of 11,867 Test runs is the seventh highest of all-time.
BALZAC, Alta. – Two semi-trailer truck drivers are being praised for playing a little blacktop rodeo when they used their big rigs to safely steer an AWOL horse off a busy highway north of Calgary and prevent the chance of a collision.Airdrie RCMP say they got word around 4 a.m. Monday from an Edmonton woman who said her horse had escaped from a racetrack stable in the Balzac area.The horse was later spotted galloping down the middle of the Queen Elizabeth II Highway near the community when the truck drivers worked together with their semis to corral it in a ditch, then control it with harness fashioned from a tow strap.“I think the horse had kind of stopped in the headlights and started to move toward a ditch,” said Const. Dan Martin, an RCMP spokesman.“One truck stopped and blocked the horse from getting back on the highway. The other driver stopped to help and, between the two of them, they were able to approach it and put the harness on. Police arrived shortly after.”Martin said it helped that the horse appeared to be calm and that one of the drivers seems to know his way around animals.“One of the investigators explained that the driver who made the harness seemed to be quite familiar with livestock. I’m assuming he’s worked with horses or cattle before and kind of knew what to do.”There were no reports of drivers having to swerve to miss the horse, and police did not have to set up roadblocks to reroute motorists during the roundup.The Mounties contacted an Airdrie towing company that came to the scene with a livestock trailer to transport the horse back to Airdrie for pickup by its owner.Martin said the woman was thankful the animal was not injured.“She was quite upset that her horse was able to get out, but quite thankful for everybody — RCMP as well as the towing company and the trucks drivers — for working together to get it back.”Police will not be laying charges.Martin said the Airdrie detachment is no stranger to calls about livestock on the loose, but admitted this case was somewhat different.“We definitely get a lot of cattle that get out and walk around highways here all the time, but (escaped) horses are quite rare for sure.”Martin also said there’s no “black and white answer” when it comes to whether drivers should follow the lead of the two truckers if they come across escaped livestock on a busy road.“If somebody was trying to move ducks and stopping traffic, well that could be quite dangerous,” he said. “Exercise caution and use common sense, and hopefully all ends well for everybody.”