Safer Work Place
Safer Work Place
TO: MTA NYCT RTO MANAGEMENT
STOP OUR SUFFERING
We the undersigned recognize that MTA NYCT throughout the years have been modifying, beautifying and upgrading the overall NYCT train system; whereas making necessary adjustments for persons with disability and creating a better and faster ridership condition for all commuters.
However, we the undersigned employees of RTO have had to succumb to operating on poorly designed trains for decades. Day in and day out we operate on trains enduring a great deal of physical discomfort, pain and strain. We suffer in silence! Presently, we’ve been tolerating the latest, and poorly design R179 train. Operating on the R179 class train has caused and contributed to physical injury, occupational illnesses and one of the top reasons for employee unavailability in RTO on various train lines.
The R179 train operating cabs does not accommodate the various shape, size, height and weight of all operating employees. We suffer foot and knee pain from lack of foot support provided by the inadequate cab stepper, upper extremity strains and pain from forceful exertion to hold oneself up in the cab window due to the height of the window and poor visibility of train cars. We are forced to pivot on an unsupported cab stepper and adjust ourselves awkwardly around a window latch that protrudes 2 ½ inches inwardly causing neck, sternum and chest pain. Short stature crews are using shoe paddles to conduct their daily job routines. Injuries resulting from storm/cab doors opening and slamming closed on their own. We have to forcefully pry stiff cab windows down in order to perform our duties resulting in strain. We experience hand and wrist pain from a heavy and slippery master control. Trains lack spacing in between train cars disabling descending and ascending train with ease. Uncomfortable seats that do not incline causing back pain. In addition, cab seats are too close to Conductors standing/window position rubbing on legs and causing leg discomfort. Furthermore, we work during cold seasons without adequate cab heat.
We the undersigned petition MTA NYCT to: STOP OUR SUFFERING!!! Modify and or retrofit all R179 class trains with due diligence. Furthermore, we are demanding that all newer modeled class trains being purchased for revenue service are designed with the care and account of all employees shape, size, height and weight taken into full consideration; with the assistance of an ergonomics specialist. This will ensure the increase in employee availability, decrease the prospect of injuries on duty, lower employee occupational illness’ thus provide a safe work place, comfortable train environment and make a significant contribution to the health and wellness of all employees operating on revenue car equipment.