NY Labor Dept. slams MTA for ‘excessive’ tripping hazard at Manhattan bus station

The roof of the MTA’s largest bus depot is riddled with “excessive” trip hazards, holes and puddles, the State Department of Labor has accused in official documents.

DOL investigators last week flagged the Michael J. Quill Bus Depot in midtown Manhattan with four employee safety violations — including one over unsanitary and disorderly conditions on the building’s roof.

“Due to the roofs, there is an excessive risk of tripping and falling [sic] Floor with many cracks and potholes,” officials wrote in a security breach notice received by The Post.

“Employees face serious physical harm from slip, trip and fall hazards due to floor cracks, holes/potholes and uneven surfaces throughout the roof.”

Other DOL violations announced last week included the MTA’s failure to publicly disclose the city-approved weight loads for the building and to enforce rules on personal protective equipment and helmets for workers.

State officials referred the structural concerns to the city’s building department.

“There were some holes in certain areas of the roof where the rebar was visible,” the inspectors wrote. “It was observed that the roof was uneven and water pooled in certain areas.”

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The roof of the depot can accommodate around 120 buses.
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Pictured are two MTA buses passing each other.
The MTA needs to find space to park their buses while the roof is repaired.
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Renovations on the deteriorating roof are set to take place next year, The Post previously reported. The building can be safely occupied in the meantime, officials said.

As The Post previously reported, repair work has been delayed by two years, despite being flagged as potentially at risk by the DOL earlier this year.

“The MTA takes safety very seriously and is working fully with the Department of Labor to immediately address the concerns raised on the files,” MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan said in a statement Sunday.

“MTA engineers look forward to continuing to fix the cracks, potholes and puddles identified in the report while replacing a deck, curbs and expansion joints.”

The roof of the depot can accommodate up to 120 buses at the same time. MTA officials are struggling to find space to make up for lost storage capacity during repair work planned for 2023.

Officials are considering roads and properties as far north as Harlem, The Post reported in July — including the nearby Javits Center, curbside patches at 40th and 41st Streets, the Sanitation Department garage at 57th Street and surface lots at 30th Street and 126th street.

Internal MTA documents indicate that the bus depot closure could take anywhere from three weeks to four months.

https://nypost.com/2022/11/27/ny-labor-dept-slaps-mta-for-excessive-trip-hazards-at-manhattan-bus-depot/ NY Labor Dept. slams MTA for ‘excessive’ tripping hazard at Manhattan bus station

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