Sr. Mechanic Still On Medical Leave After January 'Incident'

  • 2/12/2018 1:16:56 PM
  • Jay Jackman
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - The Richland County Transit Board (RCTB) met for their regularly scheduled board meeting Monday morning. Discussions of bringing on another mechanic were brought to the table seeing as one mechanic remains on medical leave. 

According to a community tip, an individual was transported to the hospital after an incident during the week of January 5th. Many Mansfield residents have contacted WMFD stating that a bus had "collapsed" on a male mechanic breaking multiple ribs.  

Public records indicate that Mansfield Fire and EMS were dispatched to the RCT garage for a "Traumatic Injury" on Thursday, January 11th at 9:06 a.m.

The "General Manager Report" written by Fernando Molina, General Manager at RCT, stated, "our most senior mechanic is out on medical leave, and hiring a mechanic will save us valuable resources. Another mechanic provides accountability to safety protocols. Working with large machinery can be a dangerous job. Ray will be going back to the doctor on March 5th for a follow up appointment. While he is recovering very quickly we do not have an exact return date. This means we currently have one mechanic for our fleet of twenty buses."

The Richland County Transit office declined to comment but gave a number of a spokesperson for First Transit, Inc. based in Cincinnati.

After multiple calls to the public relations department, WMFD received a call back to hear that an active investigation was ongoing in January. 

The following written statement was released:

"We have launched a full investigation into the incident. For respect and privacy acknowledgment to our employee, we are unable to provide any further information at this time."

Jay Brock with First Transit, Inc. stressed that the bus was not in service at the time of the accident, but was in the county garage. Brock stated that the mechanic involved is okay, but no name was released during the phone conversation.  

First Transit, Inc. has declined any further comment or details about this incident.

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