Track Related Defects are a Leading Cause of Train Accidents in U.S.
“The key to reducing the frequency of oil train derailments plaguing North America is improved track maintenance,” says Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division President Freddie N. Simpson.
Four decades ago, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act, promising every worker the right to a safe job. Unions and our allies have fought hard to make that promise a reality — winning protections that have made jobs safer and saved workers’ lives.
But our work is not done.
Roadway Worker Fatalities in Controlled Points
Although the implementation of Roadway Worker Protection (RWP) regulations in 1997 has had a positive impact, accidents in which Roadway Workers are killed or injured continue to occur. Of the 43 Roadway Worker fatalities analyzed by FAMES to date, 8 fatalities occurred within a controlled point/manual interlocking.
Since the implementation of the Roadway Worker Protection (RWP) regulations in 1997, there have been too many RWP accidents in which Roadway Workers were killed or injured. To date, FAMES has analyzed 41 Roadway Worker fatalities; 7 involved strikes by Roadway Maintenance Machines (RMMs), which includes hi-rail vehicles.
Underemployment and joblessness remain high and the need for food assistance remains great. Thankfully, for so many in need of a helping hand, the National Association of Letter Carriers annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is coming back for the 23rd consecutive year.
Thursday, December 4. 2014 — 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
748 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204
This 8-hour hazardous materials awareness course provides rail workers with valuable skills and knowledge necessary to protect themselves and others in an emergency situation involving hazardous materials.
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued its final rule amending the regulations implementing a requirement of the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 that certain passenger and freight railroads install Positive Train Control (PTC) systems governing operations on certain main line tracks.