Safety first … or last?
Perhaps as a result of the tragic bus accident last year that left two dead, our local transit agency, TriMet, just added a safety expert to its staff. The new safety manager, Harry Saporta, worked for TriMet for nearly two decades, from 1982 to 2000. In 2000 he left TriMet to work for the Federal Transit Administration. There he developed his safety knowledge as Director of Safety and Security. He was responsible for developing and implementing safety and security procedures for various sectors, including homeland security.
Saporta will report to Neil McFarlane, TriMet’s general manager. The agency hopes that having a safety manager will enable it to move quickly and decisively in regard to any safety issues that may arise. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the safety manager is indeed effective. For more information on this story, see this article.