FRA Orders Train Crews to Wear Face Masks

Starting Monday, train crews in the United States will be required to wear face masks.

The Federal Railroad Administration issued an emergency order effective March 1 that it said will comply with an order aboard forms of transportation as issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in response to an executive order by President Joseph Biden.

In a statement, the FRA said it acted after its inspectors observed inconsistent use of masks among rail personnel, and inconsistent rules among railroads regarding mask use in a locomotive cab and other rail facilities.

The order directs individual railroads to establish procedures for those who do not comply with the mask requirement.

At a minimum, the FRA said, those procedures should include removing the individual from performing his or her duties and removing the person from the facility as soon as possible.

Railroad workers not complying with the FRA directive will also be subject to FRA enforcement actions while their employer will be subject to a penalty of up to $118,826 per day with personnel also subject to civil penalties.

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