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March 30, 2015
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Improving Track Maintenance is Key to Oil Train Safety
March 23, 2015 - “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. Track conditions are a leading cause of train derailments in the United States, accounting for approximately one-third of all train accidents, according to data published by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Read More...
Amtrak Management Bonuses
March 19, 2015 - by Sarah Westwood | Washington Examiner - Amtrak gives lavish bonuses for only losing $214 million last year. Employees of Amtrak, the publically-funded railroad service, earned themselves a round of bonuses because their agency only lost $214 million last year. A second set of bonuses was scrapped after Amtrak fell far short of its customer satisfaction goals, according to the agency's inspector general. Amtrak handed out $11.2 million in bonuses as part of a short-term incentive program, which was designed to reward staff if they managed to keep operating losses under $305 million in 2014. Read More...
Amtrak Office of Inspector General report on Safe-2-Safer
February 19, 2015 - The Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report titled “Safety and Security-Opportunities Exist to Improve the Safe-2-Safer Program”, which is the product of consulting and management firm Behavioral Science Technology (BST). The report analyzed 10 years worth of rail worker injury and death data. This analysis showed injuries and deaths have risen since the inception of the Safe-2-Safer program on Amtrak, while the other Class I railroads have reduced injuries. The report also analyzed the $70 million dollar program costs, including the $30 million dollar consulting fees and $15 million for training. Read More...
James R. Hoffa 2015 Memorial Scholarship
Please note that the JRH Memorial Scholarship Fund application packets must be received (postmarked) by March 31, 2015. Applications not postmarked by that date will not be processed by IBT. Therefore, time is of the essence. Read More...
FAMES: Fatality Analysis Report
Janaury 2, 2014 - 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. Read More...
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