LA County Bus Drivers Complain Over Pesticides
Monday, June 17, 2013
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Some Los Angeles County bus drivers say they're sick of pesticides sprayed in their buses -- literally.
The Los Angeles Times says more than 110 Metropolitan Transportation Authority drivers have signed a petition demanding a halt to the spraying, at least 14 are pursuing workers' compensation claims and a few are on medical leave or have quit.
In the past two years, three drivers have complained to state regulators of headaches, dizziness, eye and skin irritation and breathing problems.
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health is investigating.
The spraying aims to kill roaches and other bugs drawn to food crumbs. Metro officials say ample precautions are taken when buses are treated and only eight drivers have officially complained in the past five years.