Human error, not power surge, caused massive NYC subway outage, investigations find

Two investigations have concluded the mishap that shut down half the subway system in August was entirely due to human error and not a power surge.

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Hrekires
Hrekires
141 · 15 days ago · Reddit

Feel like causing a massive subway outage should be harder than accidentally pushing a button.

Bad design, but I can empathize with the worker who's probably about to get fired. Once took down the admissions system at the hospital I work for because I executed a command that should have been fine, but there was a problem 3 steps down in the workflow (which I didn't setup, but should have double checked)

Eriosyces
Eriosyces
63 · 15 days ago · Reddit

Preliminary indications suggest that the emergency push button might have been accidentally pressed since a plastic guard that would prevent accidental activation was missing.

pbntm2
pbntm2
52 · 15 days ago · Reddit

I've said this before and I'll say it again: the person who needs to be fired when there's a government screw-up is the head of the department, not the idiot who accidentally pressed the button. This sends a message that bosses can't pass the buck and blame their underlings. If their employees are screw-ups, they're the screw-up. Screw-ups should not be in charge of anything.

pj530i
pj530i
30 · 15 days ago · Reddit

TBH someone accidentally hitting the off switch seems less bad than most of the other causes I could think of.

2 bucks for a new "Do not press" button cover, $6,000 of OT time to install it, and we're golden

BKEDDIE82
BKEDDIE82
19 · 15 days ago · Reddit

Lmao. If this is true, then the MTA is even more incompetent than I previously thought. People need to be fired. This has gone on long enough.

PCGCentipede
PCGCentipede
18 · 15 days ago · Reddit

"New Yorkers deserve absolute confidence in a fully functioning subway system, and it is our job to restore that confidence."

Lol

Illustrious_Sun9607
Illustrious_Sun9607
15 · 15 days ago · Reddit

Was it another "Bring your girlfriend to your MTA job" day?

tellyeggs
tellyeggs
12 · 15 days ago · Reddit

The most surprising thing about this news story: pic of cops wearing masks.

lynxminx
lynxminx
7 · 15 days ago · Reddit

As someone who has darkened a hotel ballroom with her butt, I'm prepared to forgive this fool.

azspeedbullet
azspeedbullet
6 · 15 days ago · Reddit

Hello IT. have you tried it turning it off and on again

school-sux
school-sux
5 · 15 days ago · Reddit

I've worked on a lot of production lines, hitting an ESTOP accidently is alot more common than you would think. Why an accidental ESTOP hit caused 5 hours of downtime is the real issue here.

Ramp_Spaghetti
Ramp_Spaghetti
5 · 15 days ago · Reddit

Oh man, shutting down half of the nyc subway system sounds like it’s going to be tough…

…actually, it’s super easy, barely an inconvenience!

RandomRedditor44
RandomRedditor44
5 · 15 days ago · Reddit

Why was’t there a backup/​redundancy? Why didn’t a second person have to confirm this?

Out city is run by nutjobs.