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Local 689 Issues Statement on Mechanic Electrically Shocked on 7000-series Railcar
September 20, 2017 - Last Saturday evening, a railcar mechanic experienced an electrical shock while inspecting ground brushes underneath railcar 7022. This incident, which could have ended in death or serious injury, is the first that ATU Local 689 had learned of, but after investigation, the union has found it to be the fourth 7000-series incident in 2017.
As a result of this incident, ATU Local 689 is demanding of Metro not to bring any 7000-series trains into the shop until all employees that come in contact with them are properly informed on the potential for hazards, and training is given on bringing trains to manufacturer specification (to date, railcar mechanics have yet to be trained on maintaining 7000-series cars). Further, after employees are properly trained and informed, Local 689 demands that 7000-series trains brought in for inspection be brought back into revenue service only after the necessary repairs are made.
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