Auto accidents are all too common in the United States. According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, 2.35 million people are injured or disabled in road crashes every year in the U.S.
Meant to catch safety violators in the act, railroad drones, like those used by Union Pacific, are branded as safety hazards by the people they’re meant to watch. Many railroad workers are aghast at the drone activity aimed at monitoring for unsafe actions. They’re complaining that the presence and movement of the drones distract from potentially dangerous work in and around the tracks.
Studies repeatedly find that human error is the cause of most car and truck accidents. The takeaway is that accidents are preventable, that a human caused the accident by doing something wrong. In legal terms, this is referred to as a negligent driver: someone who caused injury to someone else as a result of their actions.
Vehicles are beginning to incorporate intelligent features, such as autopilot, and fully self-driving cars may one day hit the market. These new technological marvels could improve our lives in several ways.
High numbers of people are taking up cycling and residents of the Bay Area are embracing the cycling movement as well. Whether for commuting, daily exercise or just for fun, bicyclists can increasingly be found on sidewalks and roadways. Sadly, bicycle fatalities are also rising.
With the recent Washington Amtrak derailment, the topic of positive train control (PTC) is once again forefront in conversations about rail safety.
Most railroad injuries are the result of collisions or derailment. The catastrophic incidents hit the news, but smaller accidents happen regularly on the job site, injuries railroad workers. Bruises, fractures and burns are some common injuries that workers experience when a situation gets out of control.
Human error has long been the leading cause of car accidents. In theory, this means that removing error-prone conditions should improve safety, which is one of the reasons why cars are becoming more automated each year.
Under the Federal Employers Liability Act, your railroad employer is required to provide a reasonably safe working environment. This is true whether you are working on your railroad’s property, a third-party owned industry yard, or any other place related to your work duties. It is also true if you are injured in a van accident during deadheading or transportation to a layover motel.