how can we make things safer for track workers when facing the problems of detecting oncoming trains? better lighting equipment? full brightly reflective jumpsuits?
designguy wrote:how can we make things safer for track workers when facing the problems of detecting oncoming trains? better lighting equipment? full brightly reflective jumpsuits?After the fatalities of 2007, NYCT created a task force to analyze safety issues, and recommend changes. It consisted of personnel from System Safety and TWU Local 100.
designguy wrote:alsow aht's the best and worst part of this job? I'm teaching a class on dangerous jobs and their environments and i came accross track working as a job that's not regulated by any type of federal government. which is incredible considering how long it's existed and how important it really is to have someonemaintina our metro systems. any insight anyone can give me to what it's like working down there?Though NYCT does not follow FRA regulations, they have several thick books consisting of their own rules. Working in subway tunnels is difficult, because most of it happens during the night tours. Naturally, someone working midnights feels tired, which can affect judgment and coordination. Many of the tunnels have poor lighting, which makes it difficult to see tripping hazards such as high spikes, upright bolts sticking out of ties, and spare/scrap rails stored around the system. There's also the steel dust, heavy lifting, moving trains, and live contact rails. There are some perks, but it is a difficult job, nonetheless. I worked nights in track maintenance for three years, and picked the day tour as soon as I could.
designguy wrote:Thanks for the info rearofsignal.There are many more signals than stations, in fact most platforms have more than one signal anyway. But wayside signals have absolutely nothing to do with protecting of track workers. I've haven't heard of any accidents in this nature recently. And when it is it's usually because someone somewhere didn't follow procedure. The rules work, you just have to follow them.
But if there is a signal mounted to alert TO's why is it I still read about track workers who suffer injuries and tragic deaths on the job. can we assume signal mounts arent at every station?