Maryland Workplace Safety Agency Cites Metro

August 5, 2010

Maryland officials have cited Metro for workplace safety violations over the deaths of two workers.

Metro employees Jeff Garrard and Sung Oh were killed Jan. 26 when a maintenance truck backed into them as they installed safety equipment on a track in Montgomery County, Md.

The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health office issued two citations against Metro, saying Metro had veered from its own safety rules. The office says Metro failed to provide a constant lookout for the workers, the truck didn’t have a clear view behind it, and workers used different radio frequencies.

The agency recommended Metro improve its communications system and get rid of dead zones in its radio network.

Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein says the transit system is contesting the safety citations.

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