May 2, 2013
By Marc Bussanich
Queens, NY—Transit workers with the Transport Workers Union Local 100 paid their final respects to signal maintainer Louis G. Moore who perished on the job at the 46th Street Station in Astoria last week. Mr. Moore’s death occurred on the sixth anniversary of another Local 100 member, Danny Boggs, who was killed by an oncoming train at the Columbus Circle station in 2007. Watch Video
Many of Mr. Moore’s colleagues attended the funeral service at the Roy L. Gilmore’s Funeral Home on Linden Boulevard in the St. Albans neighborhood.
Mr. Moore worked as a signal maintainer for the past eight years and was nearing the end of his shift when an oncoming Jamaica-bound E train struck him.
Robert Mallon, Local 100 shop steward in the union’s signal division, said Mr. Moore was doing regular maintenance early in the morning on April 24 when he fell to the tracks.
“I helped him on several cases when he was previously injured on the job. He was always a good guy to be around. It’s very unfortunate what happened,” said Mallon.
John Samuelsen, TWU Local 100’s president, said he’s personally known too many transit workers who have either been badly hurt or killed on the job over his 21-year transit career.
“So many of them I personally knew. It’s impossible to know everybody, but I spoke with Mr. Moore in the past. I don’t know if it hurts any less if you don’t know the Local 100 member on a personal level. It’s still a tragedy,” said Samuelsen.
The MTA is currently investigating the circumstances that led to Mr. Moore’s death, and Samuelsen said the union is waiting for the MTA to finish the probe before Local 100 launches its own inquiry before determining whether to challenge the transit agency over existing safety rules.
“After nearly every fatality since I’ve been here we’ve forced the company to improve safety rules on the track, and that may very well be the case here. We’re just not done with the investigation.”
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