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New Technology Addresses Fatigue-Related Rail Accidents

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced that the probable cause of a major train crash in Iowa was driver fatigue. The crash killed two train workers when a coal freighter barreled into a stationary train near Red Oak. The coal train’s conductor and engineer did not survive. The NTSB investigation revealed that both crewmembers Read More

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U.S. Rails at Risk? Trains Still Terrorist Targets after Ample Warning

Starting almost 40 years ago, terrorist organizations in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia have targeted railway systems as sites for their despicable attacks on the civilized world. Attacks that were fully executed have claimed hundreds of lives and injured thousands more. Some fear that attacks in Western Europe, such as the horrific Madrid train Read More

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Texting on the Train: Dangers of Distracted Conductors

With 41 states in the U.S. banning text messaging while operating a motor vehicle, it is clear that law enforcement is attempting to deal with the hazards posed by screen-obsessed motorists. Indeed, statistics indicate that texting while driving is even more unsafe than driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, primarily due to the Read More

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I Was Fired After My Accident. What Are My Rights?

A Norfolk Southern Railway Co. employee who reported an injury he suffered in a work-related accident was subsequently fired by his employer. The railroad carrier’s internal investigation concluded that the injured crane operator had made false statements concerning his eye injury.  However, an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration Read More

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Don’t Suffer Post-Injury Harassment Quietly

A laborer for the Metro-North Commuter Railroad injured his finger in a work-related accident. After reporting the injury to his supervisor, he was initially told not to seek medical treatment. After finally receiving treatment, he was ordered by occupational health and his own doctor not to resume his usual duties until he had healed. But Read More

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Suit Filed by Workers Injured in the Louisville Train Derailment Fire

Leonardo Anthony Carrilla and Gregory Powers, two Illinois workers injured by fire during the October cleanup of a derailed train in southwest Louisville, have filed a lawsuit against the railroad and its contractors. According to Carilla and Powers’ claims, P&L Railway and CSX, their contractor, did not properly monitor the derailment site. As result, an Read More

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