April 21, 2014

Canada bans one-man crews on hazmat trains

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OTTAWA — Transport Canada July 23 announced an emergency directive pursuant to section 33 of the Railway Safety Act to increase rail safety, banning one-man crews on trains hauling one or more cars loaded with hazardous materials. Although the cause of the accident in Lac-Mégantic remains unknown at this time, Transport Canada is moving forward to [...]

Quebec rail disaster may jump-starting safe push

A runaway oil train that killed scores of people when it slammed into a Quebec town is bringing renewed calls on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border for tougher safety rules for railroads. Regulators and watchdogs have sought for years improvements to a common tank car design shown to be susceptible to rupture when derailed, [...]

Risks of one-man crews debated after disaster

The train hauling millions of gallons of crude oil that slammed into a Canadian town got there with a crew of one – staffing permitted by law though opposed by labor leaders who’ve warned of the risks. The union representing workers at Montreal Maine & Atlantic Railway Ltd. fought the company policy that allowed a [...]