Construction of a segment of Metro Rail’s Purple Line Extension has been halted for two weeks due to several “serious safety concerns” that have injured dozens of workers since July 2021, according to a report published by MyLAnews.com and the Los Angeles Times in October.
Among the citations include: workers have fallen off ladders, crushed fingers, slipped in mud, been struck by falling slurry and hit in the face by a failed hose while building a 2.6-mile segment of the extension that will extend the Purple Line from Western Avenue to the Westwood Veterans Affairs Hospital, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Apparently, officials said they have warned the project contractor, Tutor Perini O & G, about unsafe conditions at the underground site, but they were unchanged.
“There is an ongoing pattern of safety issues that have not been adequately addressed by TPOG, and that has continued to persist unchecked,” officials said in a letter sent to the contractor Friday.
The letter informed the contractor that construction of the extension could not resume until past failures were addressed and a plan to establish a culture of safety was devised.
Since July 2021, there have been 32 injuries inside and around the project, with 13 of the more serious injuries requiring medical attention and reporting to state workplace safety officials, who have been on site multiple times in the last six months to investigate injuries, according to The Times.