In Connecticut, many people need to use Metro North to commute to work, typically in Manhatten, Unfortunately, with such a complex rail system in place, accidents happen.
The accidents can be caused by many different factors.
“Organizational accidents” have multiple causes involving many people operating at different levels of their respective companies.
For a railway system, the factors include
- Lack of management safety commitment or focus
- Conflicts between production and safety goals
- Poor planning, communications, monitoring, control or supervision
- Unclear safety and administrative responsibilities
- Inadequate or improper training
- Failures by regulatory agencies
Ultimately, the management of Metro-North needs to ensure that safety is
a top priority. Work needs to be done a timely manner, with consideration
to safety; no shortcuts.
Line workers need to be able to speak to management about safety
concerns, without fear of being reprimanded.
There needs to be both short-term and long-range planning, to ensure
that the rail system works properly, without risk of disaster, such as a train
Management can make an organizational chart, to show the
responsibilities of each person working for Metro-North. To avoid
confusion, each worker needs to be provided with a detailed job description.
A special safety ombudsman can be used to ensure that there is a place for
workers to report safety issues, confidentially.
A management committee can supervise training, with a view to efficiency
Metro-North should not have to rely on the government to verify that it is
doing its job, with regard to safety.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, by Metro-North Commuter Railroad (MTA), please feel free to contact
Attorney Robert M. Singer
2572 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518