Survey: Metro safety violations common
A survey of Metros 10,000 employees has found that nearly two-thirds of them have observed a safety violation in the past year.
The news came Thursday morning during a meeting of the safety and security committee of Metro's board of directors.
The survey found that safety violations are reported nearly 70 percent of the time, and fear of retaliation was the top reason employees cited for not reporting safety breaches. Employees were also reluctant to report their peers. Another main reason workers said they did not report safety problems was they believed nothing would be done about them.
"There is a sense of futility," said board Jim Graham, who is also a D.C. council member.
For Metrobus employees the violations reported consisted mostly of texting (26.9 percent) and not wearing a seat belt (25.8 percent) while operating a vehicle. Metro instituted a zero-tolerance policy on texting last summer.
The Corporate Executive Board conducted the survey for Metro, and the company's General Manager Scott Bohannon delivered a briefing to the committee.
"These survey results provide a clear roadmap to develop a long-term action-specific safety plan to reach our goal to make safety fundamental in our day-to-day operation," Metro Interim General Manager Richard Sarles said in a statement. "The plan itself will dovetail actions we already have taken to improve our safety culture."
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