Category: Safety

Woman killed by steam train while taking pictures near tracks

HENDERSON, Colo. — A woman taking photographs over the weekend of a steam locomotive was struck and killed after getting too close to tracks north of Denver. The 15-car Union Pacific historic train was arriving at Denver Saturday from Cheyenne Frontier Days in Wyoming when the woman was hit near a crossing in Henderson. Her […]

The Dangers of Train Yards, Through the Eyes of Railroad Employees

A collection of photos from the 1960s tried to show why locomotives need two people in the cab. BY SARAH LASKOW JULY 03, 2018 This crossing in Atlanta was heavily traveled by pedestrians and vehicles. Note the curve in the track as it approaches the crossing. CORNELL UNIVERSITY/KHEEL CENTER/PUBLIC DOMAIN In 1960, looking west from […]

Waterloo amputees sue railroad, saying it creates danger

The Associated Press and Courier Staff WATERLOO, IOWA— Two Waterloo women who lost limbs when they were struck while trying to climb through trains that were blocking the road sued the railroad Thursday for allegedly ignoring a safety hazard that’s left a trail of horrific injuries. The lawsuits filed in Black Hawk County District Court […]

As updates are made to railroad tank cars, is it time to update industry rules as well?

Industries that use railroads to ship flammable liquids are replacing or retrofitting their rail cars to meet more stringent design standards first issued in 2015. While the new cars will be more expensive, shippers say they’re fine with that if the changes will improve safety. But the changes in the industry are also bringing some […]

Drones Are Watching: Railroad Irks Workers With Unmanned Aircraft

Workers say drones are a distraction; the railroad says the program will coach employees in correcting behaviors that could cause serious injury Union Pacific Corp. riled employees recently when it started flying drones over some of its railroad yards to ensure workers were following safety guidelines. The aerial spotters were looking for any number of […]

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December 2023