Friday, November 29, 2013


What we will hear below is the true nature of Trimet's 'culture of safety'. Now I appreciate that the Trimet 'semi management' white shirted union employees have a true desire to keep the system moving properly they are not the ones sitting in the drivers seat looking straight at whatever the driver is claiming is a safety hazard. At issue is the driver claiming that a mirror is unsafe. The supervisory personnel are questioning the fact that the driver drove the bus for an hour and a half before claiming she could not drive it.

As a long time driver I can tell you that the driver most likely took the bus out although she realized the mirror was not adequate at that time. As time went on she knew that this was a dangerous situation and may have even had a close call of some sort. But as you will hear for yourself all the 'management' personnel ridicule her claim of safety.

This is not how a true 'culture of safety' operates. If Trimet was serious about transit they would have adequate extra's and mechanics out in the field to deal with these problems. But they have hired multiple HR BUSINESS PARTNERS, DEPUTY GENERAL MANAGERS, PLANNERS, ENGINEERS, DIRECTORS, ASSISTANT DIRECTORS, IT DIRECTORS ETC so they have no extra funding to actually provide what is needed for bus operations.


Anonymous said...

Hats of to the operator. It won't be long before before the real Trimet safety way begins for this operator. Harassment and intimidation

Anonymous said...

This Harassment and intimidation that will follow is Trimets weakness. Big deal, change out a mirror anywhere, anytime; then THANK THE OPERATOR for safety. Is that really so hard to do?

It's not if, it's when the organization emplodes. When one finger points away, three point back held captive by a thumb, the odds favor an emplosion.

BTW, a mirror can fail after 1.5, 2.5, 5.5 or 9.5 hours of service... road vibration doesn't side with operators or management, it incubates from miles driven.