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WMSC oversees and enforces safety practices on the Washington, D.C., rapid transit system. Following “in-depth interviews, document reviews and data reviews that began in late 2020” and ran through early 2021, the independent agency reported that WMATA “has not adequately trained employees on safety procedures, and is not following several safety-related processes.” The audit (download below) outlined 16 findings that require WMATA to develop corrective action plans (CAPs).
Here are the highlights:
WMSC also found positive practices related to WMATA’s ATC and signals programs while conducting the audit. Among these are “the use of document and approval tracking software for contractor submittals and books of plans, and the use and tracking of an electronic control log to be sure only one person is making changes at a time”; “initial improvements to ATCM training as required by past audits”; “ATCM’s attempt to triage training on new materials to provide it first to those most likely to work on the equipment in the field”; “new effort to ensure books of plans in train control rooms are more up-to-date now that inspections have identified needs for updates and page replacements”; and “cooperation and collaboration with the WMSC audit team on this safety improvement process.”
WMATA is required to propose CAPs for each finding no later than June 26 (45 days after the report’s May 12 issuance). CAPs must include “specific and achievable planned actions to remediate the deficiency, the person responsible for implementation, and the estimated date of completion,” according to WMSC, which must approve the proposals prior to implementation.
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