Boozed-up city subway and bus workers may be getting away scot-free after serious accidents because of the MTA’s failure to promptly test whether they had been drinking, a scathing new report says.
A whopping 90 percent of the 6,600 bus workers and 88.5 percent of the 4,000 subway employees involved in “serious accidents” between 2017 and 2019 weren’t tested for possible booze consumption until more than two hours afterward, according to an investigation by MTA Inspector General Carolyn Pokorny’s office.
Seven MTA employees involved in crashes or derailments in those same years still registered a blood alcohol content of .02 percent or greater even hours later — indicating they could have been impaired at the time of the incidents, the report said.
“Had these 7 employees been tested within 2 hours, their BAC levels might have been at or above the [federal] 0.04 level,’’ the IG’s report said.
In that case, the workers would have been “immediately” pulled off