WASHINGTON — Metro temporarily suspended maintenance inspections of its 7000-series railcars after a mechanic for Metro got shocked during an inspection.
Metro says the suspension of the daily inspections could lead to delays and crowding on trains because Metro’s “safety stand-down” means there are fewer eight-car trains running on Thursday.
The shock happened Saturday at the West Falls Church rail yard. The worker was taken to a hospital for evaluation in what was called a “light” shock.
Metro’s voluntary suspension comes after a union raised concerns about the procedures for “inspecting ground brushes, which are part of the train’s undercarriage that return negative electrical current to the rails.”
Metro is meeting with the manufacturer and union representatives Thursday to discuss the concerns.
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