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Two Year Anniversary of the deaths of Jeff Garrard & Sung Oh

[I meant to post this on January 26.  Somehow it was left as a “draft” and not posted.]: Today, January 26, 2012, is the two year anniversary of the completely avoidable and incredibly tragic accident that killed my former coworkers … Continue reading

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Metro Admits Liability for June 22, 2009 Wreck

I’m glad to see that after over 2 1/2 years Metro has finally done the right thing and admitted liability for the June 22, 2009 wreck — even if it was for legal expediency. It is unclear to me why … Continue reading

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Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) locks out the widow of a Metro employee killed on the job

After Automatic Train Control (ATC) techs Jeff Garrard and Sung Oh were killed on the job in January of last year, MOSH scheduled an “Informal Hearing” in Hagerstown, MD, to discuss the citations that MOSH had issued to Metro (which … Continue reading

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Metro workers and Overtime

Metro employee overtime (OT) is in the news again.  Greater Greater Washington (GGW) mentioned this last Monday which led to this reply from ATU Local 689 president Jackie Jeter. I’ve written about this issue before — here and here: Quote: … Continue reading

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NTSB releases transcript of interview with operator of hi-rail truck that struck and killed ATC techs in January 2010

Well, here we are almost 16 months after my coworkers were killed as a direct result of Metro’s negligence and there is still no NTSB report.  They have released the docket however.  The most recent addition is the transcript of … Continue reading

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Here a derailment, there a derailment…

There are derailments at Metro on a regular basis, they just aren’t reported in the media. They can get away with it because there’s no oversight and because there typically aren’t any passengers on board. Most of these derailments happen … Continue reading

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Double Derailment at Bethesda was Completely Avoidable

Almost exactly two years ago, on March 27, 2009, at approximately 4:30 pm a train derailed on the inbound track (track #1) between Bethesda (A09) and Friendship Heights (A08).  In response, Metro dispatched a “rescue train” (train #204) from Shady … Continue reading

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