June 26, 2016

Rail workers: deadly tired…but still working

The following article was written by Georgetta Gregory, the railroad division chief of the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) Office of Railroad, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Investigations. The rail business is an industry full of tired, stressed workers. It is an epidemic. I know this first-hand because, before coming to the NTSB several years ago, […]

Fatigue at CP threatens rail safety

The CBC News reported that Transport Canada recently ordered Canadian Pacific Railway to change its fatigue-management practices and freight train line-ups in British Columbia since they pose “an immediate threat to safe railway operations.”  Read the entire article here.

Railroad workers say long shifts unsafe

Some BNSF Railway employees are sounding the alarm about what they say are unsafe working conditions as a result of long shifts that could lead to extreme fatigue while hauling hazardous materials. According to one BNSF employee who contacted the Pilot, the company has imposed a new method of operation that has employees working 12-hour […]

FMCSA: commercial motor vehicle study concludes

WASHINGTON – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced today that the Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Driver Restart Study has concluded data collection for the congressionally-mandated naturalistic study of the operational, safety, health, and fatigue impacts of two provisions of the hours-of-service (HOS) restart regulations.   Following the study requirements set forth by Congress, the […]

Canadian rails fight new rules to prevent crew fatigue

Canada’s major freight rail companies are fighting moves by the federal transportation regulator to curb “extreme fatigue” among railway engineers, a CBC News investigation has found. CN Rail, CP and the Railway Association of Canada went on the attack two weeks ago at a “tense and heated” meeting of industry, union and government representatives, according […]

Freight train drivers report falling asleep on the job

Train operators in Canada’s burgeoning freight rail industry report falling asleep at the controls and coming to work exhausted at an alarmingly high rate, according to an ongoing CBC News investigation into rail safety. “I have had instances where I have just snapped back into reality, and kind of, for a few seconds, not really […]

Start-time variability contributes to fatigue, accidents

Start time variability in work schedules is often assumed to be a cause of railroad employee fatigue because unpredictable work-start times prevent employees from planning sleep and personal activities. A new report published by the Federal Railroad Administration examines work start time differences from three different databases previously published by the FRA. The studies conclude […]

Train operator in Chicago crash had fallen asleep

CHICAGO – The operator of a Chicago commuter train that crashed at O’Hare International Airport acknowledged she dozed off before the accident and had also done so last month when she overshot a station platform, a federal investigator said Wednesday (March 26). Before the crash, the operator had been running trains on the nation’s second-largest […]

‘Miracle’ no deaths in Chicago airport train crash

CHICAGO – A Chicago train driven by an apparently sleepy operator, which jumped its tracks and screeched up an escalator at one of the world’s busiest airports, could have caused untold death and destruction had the crash occurred during the day when the station is usually packed with travelers, a transportation expert said. More than […]

Sleep loss may cause brain damage

Are you a truck driver or shift worker planning to catch up on some sleep this weekend? Cramming in extra hours of shut-eye may not make up for those lost pulling all-nighters, new research indicates. The damage may already be done – brain damage, that is, said neuroscientist Sigrid Veasey from the University of Pennsylvania. […]