A wakeup for Railroaders

Posted by admin on April 1, 2010

WISCONSIN STATE LEGISLATIVE BOARD

BROTHERHOOD OF LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEERS & TRAINMEN

INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS

 

             ANTHONY DIMOND, CHAIRMAN

                  E9775 Buckhorn RD, Reedsburg, Wisconsin 53959 (608) 415-6020; Cell (608) 448-8175; TDJCTS@email.msn.com

 

Fellow Railroaders,

In a most recent article of Straight Track a fellow Railroader received a court award for injuries sustained while on duty. While I do not find the following paragraph offensive, I do find it disturbing and a wakeup call. How would I feel if put into this situation as a Locomotive Engineer? I do not know all the particulars of this case and am using one paragraph out of many from the original article, so please read the full article railroadhfschulteverdict.

 The facts demonstrated by Mr. Farina and Mr. Brugess at trial showed that the IAIS violated   49 Code of Federal Regulations Section 220.49, which requires the railroad to halt a shove move of railcars in one half the distance of the last radio command, unless further instructions are received. The last radio communication given by Mr. Schulte was “give me one more car”, which was a direction to shove 50 feet; the industry accepted length of a railroad car. Accordingly, the train should have stopped in ½ the distance, i.e., the train should have stopped after traveling 25 feet after Andrew’s last radio command. Instead, the train continued moving for 113 feet and ran over Andrew Schulte, crushing his lower body.

We as Train and Engine employees understand the dangerous nature of railroading, let us all work together for a safer tomorrow.

Fraternally Yours,

Anthony Dimond, Chairman

BLET WSLB

 AMTRAK * BNSF * CPRR* CNRR* METRA * UNION PACIFIC

“SAFETY, OUR COMMITMENT”

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