Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner
In an excellent article by Robert McCartney, published in the
Washington Post today, Mr. McCartney notes that "the
NTSB took pains in its admirable report to emphasize two messages that weren’t
about money at all. First, the Red Line crash, like some previous Metro
accidents, was directly attributable to what the NTSB labeled an ‘anemic
safety culture’". He suggests that "Metro must undergo
a top-to-bottom overhaul of its institutional habits and mind-set so that
everyone places a higher priority on safety."
As National Traffic Safety Board Chairperson Deborah Hersman stated, "When
safety is more important than schedules, their organizational culture
can be a success." If profits are put about safety, bad things will
happen. Very bad things.
As Mr. McCartney points out, based on the NTSB report, "Metro comes
up short in virtually every category" related to safety. With respect
to the tragic crash that took place in June of 2009, signs of danger were
simply ignored, according to the report. Mr. McCartney comments that "it
emerged at Tuesday’s hearing that workers were ignoring thousands
of alarms a week triggered by the faulty signaling devices, known as track
circuit modules. The attitude was: The machines don’t work, but
there haven’t been any crashes, so why worry?"The answer should
have been simple: because people will be seriously injured and killed
if the problem is not fixed.
"Metro’s deep cultural problems suggest that the next general
manager needs to be a powerful change agent," says Mr. McCartney.
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