TWU Local 100 sparks changes after recent MTA death

This past November, one MTA track worker was killed after being hit by a subway train and another was seriously injured. Subway train service was up and running while the two men, Jeffrey Fleming and the late Louis Gray Jr., were putting up yellow warning lights-the lights that were supposed to help avoid this same tragic situation. In a deal established earlier this month between the MTA and the TWU Local 100 union, the MTA has agreed to halt all subway activity whenever workers are setting up warning lights prior to construction projects in areas that are deemed particularly dangerous. Another condition to the deal is outlined in an article on TheChiefLeader.com-“According to the agreement signed by the MTA and the union, there has to be a look-out whose only task is to maintain visual and audible communications with the flagging crew, which must be at least 50 feet away from the look-out.” The new legal regulations were signed December 2nd to protect flaggers and track workers from putting their lives at risk.  “This is a big win for the safety of New York City transit workers,” Local 100 President John Samuelsen said. “Past efforts to get the company to even slow the trains down were extremely difficult. Now, the trains must not only slow down but completely suspend service and this is unprecedented.”, as quoted from TWULocal100.com. The website also states that the National Transportation Safety Board not only approved of the regulations, but that there was a “24 hour safety stand down” on Wednesday, the 7th, to inform the workers of the new regulations. All non-emergency track work was stopped while the stand-down took place.

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