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Rail News: Safety
NYCT launches debris inspection blitz
MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) earlier this week launched a seven-day, systemwide inspection of its containment baskets that are installed under elevated structures to prevent debris from falling.
The inspection blitz follows an Oct. 29 incident in which a 15-pound metal D-wedge separated from an elevated structure on the A Line, fell into a containment basket that was not properly secured, and fell on a car, according to a local report. A D-wedge is a component designed to maintain correct spacing between running rail and a guardrail, NYCT officials said in a press release.
Earlier last month, a bolt also came loose and fell from the NW Line near Queensboro Plaza Station, striking a car, according to a local report. A containment basket at the location that would have prevented the debris from falling on the car was misaligned, officials said.
Crews are checking all 325,000 containment baskets across the system’s 60 miles of elevated track to ensure they are properly aligned and secured. Video footage elevated structures also is being reviewed.
Netting has been deployed at a number of locations, as well.
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