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Another Sign The FRSA Is Changing Railroad Culture

Posted in Federal Rail Safety Act, FELA Injuries, Railroad Injuries
Refreshing words from FRA Administrator Joe Szabo here at the National Mediation Board’s Passenger Railroad Conference in Philadelphia. Joe complimented Amtrak President Boardman for disconnecting manager compensation from injury statistics. Joe noted that while this will result in an increase in reported injuries, it will provide the FRA with the type of accurate information necessary… Continue Reading

How To Deal With Railroad Claim Agents

Posted in FELA Injuries
Joe Coleman from Seattle asks whether union reps can be present when a worker gives a statement to a railroad claims agent. The real question is, why would a railroad worker NOT have his union rep present? No way can there be ever be a level playing field between a claim agent and an injured… Continue Reading

Subcontracting Is No Escape From FELA and FRSA Liability

Posted in Federal Rail Safety Act, FELA Injuries
Rail union rep Joe Coleman from Seattle has a question about the FELA liability of railroads who contract out work. His General Foreman recently hired subcontractors to band freight car loads that had shifted due to broken banding, and when challenged tried to justify it by arguing that since the subcontractors are self-insured, the railroad… Continue Reading

FRA Gives CSX Last Chance to Stop Intimidation and Retaliation

Posted in FELA Injuries, Railroad Injuries, Railroad OSHA Whistleblower
 Some people just don’t get it. CSX Transportation managers definitely fall into that group. In a lengthy Investigative Report released in March of 2008, the Federal Railroad Administration put CSX on notice that its management culture of harassment and intimidation intended to dissuade employees from reporting injuries had to stop. In response, CSXT made numerous… Continue Reading