ADVERTISEMENT

NEW YORK (AP) A new report has found that a group of Metro-North workers conducted personal business while on duty.

The MTA's Office of Inspector General says the five workers spent their working hours shopping, mowing the lawn and doing other personal chores.

The men were part of an 18-person road machinist crew. Their job is to keep heavy machinery at track work sites in working condition.

According to the report, investigators tracked the five workers over 45 days last summer because of the high amount of overtime they got in 2011.

The report found they were idle for the entire workday in 22 percent of the days reviewed.

The MTA called the workers' behavior unacceptable. It plans to implement the inspector's recommendation, including spot checks and GPS installation in agency vehicles.