PRINCE GEORGE’S CO., MD (WUSA9) – Bus drivers with Prince George’s County Public Schools say the office they check in and out of every day is making them sick. Many are worried the building is infested with mold.
“It’s unbearable. When you go in there you just smell some kind of weird odor”, said driver Kirt Williams. “And then after that your throats starts scratching and your nose feels kinda funny. And with me, my eyes get real watery.”
The building is a temporary trailer, but Driver Tujuana Bigelow said it has been there for about twenty years old.
“It’s hard- our foreman is in such bad shape being in that building all day long he was in the emergency room last night,” she said. “So I mean we can’t continue to work in this environment.
One hundred and eight bus drivers go in and out of the building each day.
Officials with the PGCPS said the building had been tested earlier this week to confirm whether there is mold.
Prince George’s County School Board member Edward Burroughs III said he’s been waiting at the site all week for testing crews- that didn’t show up.
“Frankly, I’m livid,” he said. “And if it has been tested Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday where are the results? We need to make those results public.”
The building was tested Wednesday afternoon.
Susan Nelson is among others who are now wearing face masks when they go into work.
“It feels like your throat is stopping up for one thing, you nose gets discomfort, very much so, and your eyes water,” she said.