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Survey: Metro safety violations common

A survey of Metros 10,000tyson.gif 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."

-- Ann Scott Tyson

This post will be updated.

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Oh, I know this poisonous work environment from past jobs. Unless someone is bleeding, don't report it. If they are bleeding, report it anonymously or get someone else to do it. If they are dying, call an outsider (anonymously) and get them to report it. But under no circumstances do you want to be involved! That could get you fired...SMH.

Posted by: merzydoats | October 28, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

No, if they are dying, leave quickly and just hope somebody finds the body.

They stopped checking end-of-the-line trains for dead bodies after one day.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | October 28, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Metro should fire everyone and hire people who want to work and who will pt safety first!

Posted by: 10bestfan | October 28, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

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