After A Metal Panel Fell, The MBTA Says Steps At Savin Hill Are Safe

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Pictures from late Sunday show a large sheet of metal lying battered on the floor of Savin Hill Station. The MBTA says, thankfully, no one was hurt as the metal panel fell from under a concrete stairway.

In a statement, T officials say the cause is still being investigated, but the safety of the area has passed an inspection in the meantime. Monday morning, "the other panels were inspected and some minor repairs were made. Engineers inspected the concrete steps, and determined they are structurally sound and safe for use."

The statement went on to say all MBTA assets are inspected on a regular basis, and when problems are found, "each maintenance division has protocols for making sure that assets are removed from service, or service conditions are modified to meet the requirements for safe operations."

Earlier this year, a man fell to his death from a decrepit stairway at JFK UMass Station. That stairway had been closed, was blocked off from use, and has since been demolished.

The MBTA says it spends "about $31 million annually for maintenance and upkeep of rapid transit stations and facilities throughout the system."

WBZ's Karyn Regal (@KarynRegal) reports:

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