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Los Angeles transit officials have shut down construction on part of the Westside’s $2.4-billion Purple Line Extension for two weeks amid a litany of “serious safety concerns” that have injured dozens of workers since July 2021.
Workers have fallen off ladders, crushed fingers, slipped in mud, been struck by falling slurry and hit in the face by a failed hose while building a 2.6-mile phase of the Purple Line, a nine-mile subway that will eventually run from Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue to the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center
Metro officials say they have warned the project contractor, Tutor Perini O & G, about unsafe conditions at the underground site, but the substandard conditions remained.
“There is an ongoing pattern of safety issues that have not been adequately addressed by TPOG and that has continued to persist unchecked,” Metro officials said in a letter sent to the contractor Friday.