According to the Protran1 website, sensors are mounted on the trains which will set off portable warning lights/alarms. The system can also set off portable pocket devices carried by each worker. That way if they miss the primary alarm, there is the backup warning right in their pockets. The system can warn workers when a train is 3000 feet away.
A few days ago, SUBWAYblogger reader Larry wrote a commenttalking about this Protran1 system saying that the MTA should look into it. Looks like Larry was right!!
There is something that we find somewhat disturbing in this story though:
In the meantime, supervisors have been given radios to improve communication with train controllers, and maintenance workers have been retrained on track safety. – AP/NY Post
In the meantime? You mean that they haven’t had these radios all along? I’m no track worker or engineer, but wouldn’t you think that it only makes sense for the construction leader on site to have a radio that connects them to the train controllers? That’s just common sense. We’re kind of shocked that hasn’t been happening all along.
Also, the MTA has been going on and on about its commitment to worker safety. Seems like a load of bull after the story that hit the presses this weekend. Apparently, the alarm box at 59th Street where Daniel Boggs was killed has just now been repaired! And that’s not even the most shocking news.
Apparently, there are 188 alarm boxes that are out of service at the this time. That’s nearly 10%! The broken alarm box that failed to warn Boggs had a repair ticked submitted almost a year before his death. Yet, it still had not been repaired.
Wouln’t you think that when you go to work in a specific area, the first thing the crews should do is check to see that all the “alarm boxes” are working? If they discover one that is busted, they should fix that first before starting work on the rails, cleaning, or whatever they are there to do.