The safety of customers and workers is always the MTA’s top priority, but in the new world of COVID-19, we have stepped up safety precautions to ensure our work continues as safely as possible. Together, with our contractor associations, and following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and New York State Department of Health guidance, MTA Construction & Development has instituted a number protocols to keep everyone safe on our construction sites and keep projects that are vital to our region moving forward.
Crew sizes have been reduced and workers are keeping their distance from each other, both on the worksite and in other locations like break and locker rooms. Workers who are sick or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms are sent home immediately.
Workers are provided with all necessary personal protection equipment (PPE) to stay safe and are permitted to supplement required PPE with their own, if they wish. Frequently touched surfaces and tools are disinfected often with no sharing of tools permitted and safety personnel provide pre-shift briefings daily and post flyers throughout worksites reminding workers of the new protocols.
Taking these steps helps ensure that construction progresses on schedule to the extent possible, while keeping workers and the surrounding communities safe. These projects ensure that the railroad can continue to transport essential workers today and all workers in the future.