Feds require new safeguards for railroad employees

May 31, 2016

By Melanie Zanona, The Hill

The Federal Railroad Administration issued two final rules on Friday to provide added safeguards for employees who work on or near railroad tracks.Website Insert Out of the Box Thinking copy

The set of regulations — which amend an existing rule protecting roadway workers and expand random drug testing for work crews — comes two months after an Amtrak train hit a piece of construction equipment on the tracks near Philadelphia, killing two people.

“Clear communication, multiple layers of safety and a rigorous alcohol and drug testing policy are critical to keep workers along and near tracks — and ultimately passengers and train crews — out of harm’s way,” said Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a statement. “These are common sense rules that will help make our railroads safer.”

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