Attorney Big Al Offers Safety Advice When Using DC’s Dilapidated Metro System After TIME Magazine Report

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The ailing Washington D.C. metro system has caused backups and delays for commuters across the district, increasing concern about the safety and usability of D.C.’s metro system. Officials announced a ten-month overhaul of key stops in the metro area, but Attorney Big Al worries that increased construction in narrow areas with thousands of daily commuters might result in more accidents.

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Construction creates more chances for someone to get hurt, because there’s more dangerous activity in closed quarters...

After TIME Magazine’s June 3rd report on the D.C. area’s worst metro stations, civilians are raising question about the current state of the underground public transport system in our nation’s capital. Despite a relatively small metro area, D.C. residents and government officials spend what some are calling an inordinate amount of time waiting for trains amid deteriorating metro conditions. TIME’s article raises concerns about the safety of the aging metro system and questions the safety issues that commuters might encounter this summer as construction begins.

Big Al saw that the District of Columbia’s government is attempting to reduce some of these dangers by instituting major shutdowns of several metro stops for repairs, enacting a ten-month repair plan called SafeTrack, due to begin this summer. Projected to cause delays in the commuter traffic, the operation aims to reduce the dangerous elements that might threaten public safety at these deteriorating stops.

Attorney Big Al, who runs offices in the D.C. area, encourages D.C. residents to pay attention when using public transport as repairs begin. He warns that increased traffic, less space, and more hazardous materials in close contact with commuters can result in higher injury rates. “Construction creates more chances for someone to get hurt, because there’s more dangerous activity in closed quarters,” he added.

Another suggestion Attorney Big Al found from the U.S. Department of Labor is a recommendation that pedestrians walking through construction zones use basic safety techniques, such as obeying posted signs, avoiding dimly lit areas where surfaces may be uneven, and removing headphones and other music devices when walking.

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