Transportation board investigates BART deaths - SFGate
Investigators revealed little of their findings at the scene of the incident in Walnut Creek, but acquaintances of the two workers identified the victims as contractor Laurence Daniels, 66, and Christopher Sheppard, 58, a member of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3993. Daniels and Sheppard had been looking into reports of a dip in the elevated track near Jones Road and Pimlico Drive at 1:40 p.m. Saturday when a northbound train struck them, BART officials said. The four-car train was being run "in automatic mode under computer control" with a veteran operator at the controls, according to BART officials. 'Extensive experience'Paul Oversier, BART's assistant general manager, said the train had finished hauling two cars defaced with graffiti from Concord to the maintenance yard in Richmond and was on the way back when the incident occurred. Oversier said the two workers were out under "simple approval procedure, which essentially means that they are to stay clear of the trackway, not interfere with mainline operations, and be able to clear the operating envelope within 15 seconds of when a train gets to their location." Antonette Bryant, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union local that represents operators, said the transit workers union suspended all picketing Sunday out of respect for the victims.
BART workers on tracks don't get train warnings - SFGate
The two BART workers struck and killed by a train Saturday told supervisors they were using a safety procedure that the agency sought to improve after state regulators said it contributed to the death of a track inspector in 2008, according to BART officials. James Southworth, the National Transportation Safety Board investigator in charge of the probe into the incident, said Monday that the train that hit the two men had been under the control of an operator in training who has held other positions at BART. BART's head of operations, Paul Oversier, said the men who died had been checking a report of a "slight dip in the rail" when they were struck by the eastbound train. [...] Marc Littman, a spokesman for the Metro transit system in Los Angeles, said his agency has no equivalent of simple approval, and that employees are allowed to work only on tracks that train operators have been specifically instructed to avoid. Radio alertRecordings of BART radio transmissions before Saturday's accident show that one of the workers who died radioed in to the operations control center in Oakland and was granted simple approval at 1:05 p.m. The transmissions were posted online by independent journalist Matthew Keys at www.soundcloud.com/producermatthew. The simple-approval procedure was central to the investigation into the death of James Strickland, a BART inspector who was struck from behind by a train Oct. 14, 2008, as he walked east on the westbound track between the Pleasant Hill and Concord stations. The state's workplace safety regulator, Cal/OSHA, issued four citations to BART and levied total fines of $28,685 for serious violations in connection with Strickland's death, including one alleging that the simple-approval system had contributed to the accident. The agency's appeals board wrote a year after the accident that simple approval deprives employees of (information about train travel) intentionally.
2 BART workers killed by train in Walnut Creek - SFGate
Fatal accident: 2 workers on tracks killed by train on maintenance run The two workers, a transit district employee and a contractor whose names weren't immediately released, died at the scene after they were hit by an eastbound four-car train at about 1:40 p.m. on the elevated tracks near Jones Road and Pimlico Drive, north of the Walnut Creek BART station. The victims were "performing track inspections in response to a report of a dip in the track at the time of the accident," BART officials said in a statement. The train was on a routine maintenance run with a veteran operator at the controls, although at the time of the incident, the train was being run "in automatic mode under computer control." Safety during train operations has been a point of contention between BART and its unions, especially when it was suggested that the transit agency was training management workers so that they could be certified to run passenger trains if the strike lingered on. While BART said a number of managers, most of them former train operators, already were licensed to run the trains for needed maintenance and repair work, the unions said those operators did not have the current experience needed for safe passenger runs. Work rule changeSwitch to electronic pay stubs.Unions prefer to keep the existing system of hand-delivering paycheck stubs, saying some members want paper records and not everyone has a computer.Work rule changeRequire station agents to file reports by e-mail.Unions did not provide a detailed response, but said this is among the reasons why an arbitrator should decide how past practices are handled.Work rule changeManagement wants more flexibility to schedule workers based on the system's needs.
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