The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced today that it is drafting stricter safety rules for track workers. Their improvement is in response to a recent train accident that killed a construction worker.
Under the new rules, the train traffic is required to stop when a transit worker is positioning work-zone lights. This action is especially applicable on curves where there is no safety space for the workers. The motion to bolster the safety rules was brought up by the Transport Workers Union Local 100 to the committee and then agreed upon by the MTA.
The National Transportation Safety Board is currently conducting an investigation into the death of the construction flagger. Based on preliminary investigations, the victim was placing yellow warning lights on the curve when a G train struck him. The operator of the train told the police he was not informed before he left the previous station that there were people working on the tracks.
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