Recent Life Threatening Rail Operation Incidents

Incident One: A railroad conductor was fatally injured after being crushed between two rail cars. The conductor had placed cars on a track and then proceeded to attach the locomotive to the adjacent track. After pulling several cars from the adjacent track the...

Prepare for ice, snow, and frozen ground

For rail operations that experience cold temperatures, this is the time of year to prepare for ice, snow and frozen ground. Switches should be inspected for proper clearances. If your switches’ moving parts do not have four inches of clearance from the ballast, it is...

Cardinal Rules Review

1. Getting On or Off Moving Equipment The practice of getting on or off moving equipment has been part of railroad operations for over 100 years.  So why should you not allow your employees to continue this practice? The rail industry allowed their employees to get on...

Spring Is Here! Watch for Spring Track Defects

As spring arrives, so do certain track defects that will hamper operations and safety.  As the frost comes out of the ground, soft spots in track structure might appear. These soft spots may be easy to identify or they may not be so obvious. The people who operate...

Challenges of Thawing/Freezing Conditions

Maintaining smooth rail operations can be a challenge during the month of March. The weather can fluctuate between mild temperatures during the day to overnight temperatures below freezing.  An area with good footing during the day may be covered in ice later on.  A...