The ultimate rail safety lessons from the Metro North Railroad train derailment are yet to be learned.  As the investigation continues, our foremost concern is for the injured Metro North passengers and Metro North crew members.  But one thing is clear: this train collision reminds all of us that the operation of our nation’s railroads

In a watershed moment for rail safety, the Federal Rail Administration and OSHA’s Office of Whistleblower Protection are joining forces to eliminate retaliation against employees who report injuries and safety concerns. OSHA and the FRA have signed an historic Memorandum of Agreement specifying how they will be cooperating to enforce the whistleblower protection provision of

Once again, OSHA has slammed Metro North Railroad with punitive damages for disregarding the Federal Rail Safety Act rights of its employees. This time it is for using prior injuries to deny promotions, and the resulting punitive damage award is $125,000.

Like many railroads, Metro North has a policy and practice of considering an employee’s

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

Strange as it sounds, a railroad manager can have a valid reason for taking disciplinary action against an employee and still be in violation of the FRSA. How? Because the employee’s protected activity in reporting an injury,raising a safety concern, or following a treating doctor’s orders was a “contributing factor” to the action.


Every railroad will tell you its goal is "to provide safe trains that arrive on time." But when safety falls short of the slogan, often it is passengers who pay the price. The latest example comes from New Jersey Transit, where a passenger was dragged to death when train doors malfunctioned. But the law

Railroad Medical Departments, beware, you can no longer interfere with an injured employee’s medical treatment. Subsection (c) of the Federal Rail Safety Act prohibits a railroad from denying, delaying, or interfering with the medical treatment of an injured employee. The FRSA also prohibits a railroad from disciplining an employee for following the orders or