Safety Advisory for the Railroad Industry

After the Metro-North accident the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal railroad Administration issued an industry-wide Safety Advisory.  According to the FRA’s Administrator Joseph C. Szaba, overall the railroad industry has a good safety record, but the Metro-North accident serves as a reminder of the need to remain vigilant in ensuring compliance with operational speed limits.

The Safety Advisory consist of four recommendations to help ensure railroads adhere to federal regulations regarding maximum authorized train speed limits through appropriate operating policies, procedures and effective implementation.  Below are the four recommended actions that the FRA expects railroads to take immediate action on:

  1. The review the circumstances of the Spuyten Duyvil derailment of December 1, 2013 with their operating employees
  2. To provide instruction to employees during training classes and safety briefings on the importance of compliance with maximum authorized train speed limits and other speed restrictions
  3. To evaluate the results of operational data regarding speed testing
  4. To reinforce the importance of communication between train crew members located in the controlling locomotive, particularly during safety-critical periods when multiple tasks are occurring and during extended periods of inactivity

For more information on the Safety Advisory please visit the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Administration at the following link: https://www.fra.dot.gov/eLib/details/L04881

 

Source: www.railresource.com & www.fra.dot.gov

Safety Advisory for the Railroad Industry

After the Metro-North accident the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal railroad Administration issued an industry-wide Safety Advisory.  According to the FRA’s Administrator Joseph C. Szaba, overall the railroad industry has a good safety record, but the Metro-North accident serves as a reminder of the need to remain vigilant in ensuring compliance with operational speed limits.

The Safety Advisory consist of four recommendations to help ensure railroads adhere to federal regulations regarding maximum authorized train speed limits through appropriate operating policies, procedures and effective implementation.  Below are the four recommended actions that the FRA expects railroads to take immediate action on:

  1. The review the circumstances of the Spuyten Duyvil derailment of December 1, 2013 with their operating employees
  2. To provide instruction to employees during training classes and safety briefings on the importance of compliance with maximum authorized train speed limits and other speed restrictions
  3. To evaluate the results of operational data regarding speed testing
  4. To reinforce the importance of communication between train crew members located in the controlling locomotive, particularly during safety-critical periods when multiple tasks are occurring and during extended periods of inactivity

For more information on the Safety Advisory please visit the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Administration at the following link: https://www.fra.dot.gov/eLib/details/L04881

 

Source: www.railresource.com & www.fra.dot.gov

Rail’s Safest Year on Record

In their March 11 press release the Association of American Railroads announced that 2012 was the safest year in the rail industry history according to the newest statics released by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).  The previous record was set in 2011.  The train accident rate per million train miles was down 19 percent, the employee casualty rate was down 9 percent, and the grade crossing collision rate was down 8 percent in 2012 compared to 2011.  Read More

Rail’s Safest Year on Record

In their March 11 press release the Association of American Railroads announced that 2012 was the safest year in the rail industry history according to the newest statics released by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).  The previous record was set in 2011.  The train accident rate per million train miles was down 19 percent, the employee casualty rate was down 9 percent, and the grade crossing collision rate was down 8 percent in 2012 compared to 2011.  Read More

Rail Safety Report

According to the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) report, total accidents/incidents in January-November 2012 declined 7.3% to 9,741 compared to the same time period in 2011.  In their ten year overview total accidents/incidents show a decline of 25.7% since 2003 when the total was 13,108.

The FRA reported train accidents fell 16.5% to 1,545 compared to 2011.  Derailments accounted for 1,136, down 14.7% and collisions declined 5.9% to 143.  There were 883 yard accidents, down 3.5%.  Highway/rail grade crossing fatalities dropped 7.6% to 214.  However, the number of trespassing fatalities increased 10.6% to 417.

For more details and charts please refer to the Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety Analysis.

Rail Safety Report

According to the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) report, total accidents/incidents in January-November 2012 declined 7.3% to 9,741 compared to the same time period in 2011.  In their ten year overview total accidents/incidents show a decline of 25.7% since 2003 when the total was 13,108.

The FRA reported train accidents fell 16.5% to 1,545 compared to 2011.  Derailments accounted for 1,136, down 14.7% and collisions declined 5.9% to 143.  There were 883 yard accidents, down 3.5%.  Highway/rail grade crossing fatalities dropped 7.6% to 214.  However, the number of trespassing fatalities increased 10.6% to 417.

For more details and charts please refer to the Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety Analysis.