According to the New York City Transit (NYCT) division of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), all NYC Subway track workers will carry emergency radios by early 2008. The announcement came yesterday as a task force consisting of New York City Transit staff and Transport Workers Union (TWU) representatives released 63 recommendations which focus on improving communications & safety for all track workers. The task force was created in the wake of the deaths of track workers Marvin Franklin & Daniel Boggs who were killed while working on the tracks in two separate accidents this past April.
According to NYC Transit, track workers already carry radios at work sites where emergency alarms & phones are broken. They plan on purchasing more than 1,000 radios for workers by early 2008. They also plan on intensifying their inspection & maintenance schedule for their fleet of emergency alarms & phones. They also have promised improvement in all flagging procedures. The last major plan they have is to require flaggers for small roving groups of workers to carry a device that can trip a train’s emergency break. The task will release a plan by January on how to implement the rest of their recommendations.
I personally think these proposed changes are great for the safety of all track workers. It is a shame that it took death to make these changes come to fruition. Why does it always have to be that way in life? Why??????
xoxo Transit Blogger