Health & Safety: Safety Messages

65-2 #78 September 16, 2005

UFA Safety Message #3 The Dangers of Steel and Dust

UFA Health and Safety Officer/Sgt. at Arms Bill Romaka wishes to remind the membership to take their safety responsibilities seriously at all times. We will continue to highlight and remind our members of "safe actions" as spelled out by the Department.

The FDNY A.U.C. 207, "Subway and Railroad Track Operations" states the following:

Some subway tunnels have been in existence since the turn of the 20th century. Wheels and brake shoes on subway cars are made of steel. When brakes are applied on a train there is metal to metal contact producing steel dust. Over many years this dust mixes with oil from the passing trains. This dust forms on the walls, benchwalls, track bed, and under carriage of the trains. Members are cautioned to use their eye shields even for a "Can" job as this dust is everywhere, and the minute particles of steel in the dust have been known to blind people.

Sergeant-at-Arms/Health & Safety Office
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Stephen J. Cassidy

Joseph A. Miccio
Recording Secretary