Discussion and Updates: Until mechanical/electronic warnings can be devised or improved, the first step should involve training for Operators regarding awareness and where their efforts should be focused while operating the lift device. Tommye Gilbreath would like to meet with stakeholders about this issue.
Update 4.28.11 It was suggested we contact other bus operations to see how they may have resolved this
Update 5.19.11 Tillson noted this does not seem to be an issue at C-Tran. Ackerson stated that injuries caused in this way are not considered a preventable accident for Operators in Seattle. It was suggested that some form of lights or strobe lights might be the most effective method. Saporta will report.
Another component to a solution might be Operator training to clarify what is expected of Operators and how they can protect passengers from possible injury by their actions and physical placement on the bus.
Update 7.21.11 Harry Saporta presented some information from other agencies. It seems a visual alert might be more effective than audible. Also a suggestion to paint part of the lift floor in yellow. May require SOP revisions and final outcome will require info outreach and training involvement.
Update 8.18.11 Committee formulated new SOP language for ramp deployment procedure. Will submit to Tony Fuentes.
Update 9.15.11 Committee finalized language as: “Operators of low floor buses are required to leave the seat prior to operating the ramp to safely control and monitor customer movement around the ramp”
Yellow striping will be added when buses are reconditioned. New buses are being spec’d with the striping.
Update 11.17.11 Sent requested changes to Tony Fuentes. Added that Operators should, at a minimum turn sideways in their seat to monitor customers actions around the lift area. Dropped requested requirement to get out of the seat. Changes must be approved by TCRC.
Update 1.19.12 SC members Brian, Laverne, and Joyce joined recently with Tony Roberts and had a three hour meeting to conduct a “job hazard analysis”. Issue much more complex than it looks on the surface. Task not complete as of this date.