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D.C. Metro Worker Killed While Repairing Metro Track

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The tragedy surrounding the Washington, D.C. Metro line was compounded when 63-year-old Metro employee Michael Nash was killed after being struck in the head by gravel propelled by a Metro machine.

Michael, originally from Silver Spring, Maryland (MD) has been a track repairman for over twenty years and was working to repair the Orange Line, according to the Washington Post.

My deepest condolences go out to his friends and family.

As an injury lawyer who’s written extensively about the June 22, 2009 D.C. Metro crash which killed nine people and injured over 80, I’m astounded proper safety measures have not been implemented by Metro officials for not only passangers, but also their Metro train workers. I’ve also represented train and railroad workers who were injured while on the job, so I understand the risk these employees take each and every day. The combination of the horrendous crash, the worst ever for D.C. Metro, and Michael’s death indicates a pattern of underwhelming safety concerns. This needs to change.

I applaud Metro’s recent mandate for training field workers, but that type of training should have already been mandatory. Working on rail track can be extremely dangerous, which is why numerous railroad and subway companies go through intense training prior to starting a field job. Metro should have followed suit and made safety a high priority.

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