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2014 Q4 Signalman's Journal
2014 Q3 Signalman's Journal
2014 BRS Souvenir Program
2014 Officers' Report
2014 Q2 Signalman's Journal
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Improving Track Maintenance is Key to Oil Train Safety

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.
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Download: Oil trains press release 3-23-15 FINAL-2.pdf

Workers Memorial Day 2015

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.
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FAMES — Fatalities in Controlled Points/Manual Interlocking

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.
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Spring 2015 — Railroad Retirement Board
Informational Conferences and Seminars

The RRB will host a series of informational conferences throughout 2015. Additional conferences will be added to the list throughout the year as more dates and locations are available.

Pre-Retirement Seminars are also planned for several locations during the spring — Designed for railroad employees and spouses who are planning to retire within 5 years or less.
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FAMES — Fatalities Involving
Roadway Maintenance Machine Strikes

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.
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The 23rd Annual Letter Carriers’
Food Drive is on Saturday, May 9, 2015

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.
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Help Wanted — Grand Lodge Representative

The Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen Grand Executive Council is accepting resumés for the purpose of appointing a new Grand Lodge Representative.
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Training Standards — FINAL RULE

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has established minimum training standards for all safety-related railroad employees, as required by the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (RSIA).
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Awareness Level Hazardous Materials Training

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.
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Postive Train Control (PTC) — FINAL RULE

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.
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