Posts Tagged ‘NTSB safety recommendations’

NTSB Wants Changes in Track Protection

October 1, 2021

The National Transportation Safety Board wants Amtrak and the Federal Railroad Administration to ban the practice of using watchmen to notify track worker of approaching trains in areas where positive train control offers additional safety features.

The recommendation was included in an NTSB report about an April 24, 2018, accident in which an Amtrak watchman was killed in Bowie, Maryland, when he was struck from behind by a northbound Amtrak train while focused on the movement of a southbound MARC commuter train.

The report said the probable cause of the accident was “Amtrak’s insufficient site-specific safety work plan for the Bowie project that (1) did not consider the multiple main tracks in a high-noise environment and (2) did not provide the rail gang watchman with a safe place to stand,” leading to him standing on an active track.

NTSB noted in its report that PTC systems can automatically slow trains through work zones.

Amtrak Adopts NTSB Recommendation

April 22, 2020

Amtrak has implemented a recommendation made by the National Transportation Safety Board following an April 2016 incident in which two maintenance of way workers were killed by a passing train in Pennsylvania.

NTSB recommended that train dispatchers not be allowed to participate in potentially distracting activities, including making phone calls, while directing train operations.

Amtrak adopted that recommendation, the NTSB said this week in a news release.

The news release said that 230 safety recommendations made by the Board in 2019-2020 remain unaddressed.

The Amtrak workers were at a job site near Chester, Pennsylvania, when they were struck by a train.