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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Trimet denies OSHA shut down Gateway

Below is today’s response to the media from TriMet’s PIO Team concerning a recent allegation:

The allegation that OSHA has shut down TriMet break rooms is untrue.

TriMet has an annual operator layover refurbishment program. The layover facilities typically include a small break room plus bathrooms. Every year about 2-3 layovers will be refurbished. About six weeks ago, such work began at the break room at our Cleveland Ave MAX Station. The facility was shut down for the renovations. Portable bathrooms were set up for use during the project. As part of the renovations, crews were replacing drywall and noticed signs of ongoing moisture in the wall cavity. Specialists were brought in and the presence of mold was found. The type of mold has yet to be determined. What to do about the mold is on hold right now as we are evaluating if repairs can be made to the building to prevent ongoing moisture issues. That will help us determine whether reconstruction of part or all of the facility is necessary. Again, employees have not been inside the facility since the start of the renovations. Our facilities department is working to get a long-term temporary trailer on site for an operator layover facility while we assess next steps.

The Gateway Transit Center layover facility is also closed at this time as part of the annual layover refurbishment program. No mold has been found or is suspected. Again, this is standard work as part of our refurbishment program.

5 comments:

Henry Beasley said...

That musty moldy smell is unmistakable.
HB

Anonymous said...

Is that directly from TriMet?They stated, " Specialists were brought in and the presence of mold was found. The type of mold has yet to be determined. What to do about the mold is on hold right now as we are evaluating if repairs can be made to the building to prevent ongoing moisture issues.' and then at the end of the statement they stated, "No mold has been found or is suspected." So which it TriMet? Of course if they answered it would be bullshit!

Jason McHuff said...

They're talking about buildings at two different locations: Cleveland Ave and Gateway. One has mold, the other they say doesn't.

Jason McHuff said...

They're talking about buildings at two separate locations: Cleveland Ave and Gateway. One has mold and the other they say doesn't.

Chris Day said...

They found mold at the Cleveland station not at Gateway is what TriMet is claiming.