7061 East Pleasant Valley Road, Independence, Ohio 44131 • (216) 241-2630 / Fax: (216) 241-6516

Membership
Benefits
News and Issues
Departments
Information
Secretary-Treasurer
Merchandise
Communications
FELA
Events
Links
User Info

BLET launches close call reporting system at Amtrak

CLEVELAND, September 14 — Amtrak and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) will begin working together to improve safe train operations under a joint Confidential Close Call Reporting System (C3RS) at nine locations throughout the United States.

C3RS enables operating employees to confidentially report close calls that occur anywhere the Amtrak employees work (specifically, employees who work in rail yards in Boston, New Haven, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, and Seattle).

The agreement was signed by Amtrak, the BLET, Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), and United Transportation Union (UTU).

The goal is to encourage management and employees to identify potential risks so that specific safety countermeasures can be developed and implemented. Under the pilot program, employees can make voluntary and confidential reports of close call incidents without concern for disciplinary or FRA enforcement action.

Examples of reportable close call incidents include a wide range of issues all the way from leaving a piece of equipment unsecured up to incidents of a train operating beyond its track authority.

Close call events will be reported to NASA, which has years of experience with the risk-reduction approach to safety and will process the information to maintain the confidentiality of the reporting employee. Then, a Peer Review Team with representatives from Amtrak, FRA, BLET, and UTU will analyze the close call incident to determine appropriate corrective action.

The BLET has been the leading rail labor union to work with the FRA during the development and initial launch of C3RS in 2002. The program was started in 2002 when the FRA formed the Close Calls Planning Committee to study the value of a reporting system in the railroad industry.

The BLET inked a similar C3RS agreement with New Jersey Transit in April of 2008, and has additional close call reporting agreements with Union Pacific and the Canadian Pacific Railway.

BLET was represented in the negotiations by Amtrak General Chairman Mark Kenny, who was assisted by several Amtrak members.

BLET National President Dennis Pierce said, “I want to congratulate Brother Kenny and those who are bringing this program to fruition. Working together to address systemic safety issues we can make the railroad a safer place, not only for Amtrak’s passengers, but also for the hard working professionals of the BLET and UTU."

Tuesday, September 14, 2010
bentley@ble-t.org

Like us on Facebook at
Facebook.com/BLETNational

Sign up for BLET News Flash Alerts

© 1997-2021 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen

 


Decertification Helpline
(216) 694-0240

National Negotiations

Sign up for BLET
News Flash Alerts

DAILY HEADLINES

Families mourn, voice anger after deadly Mexico City subway crash
Congress, STB try to help Amtrak get on track with performance metrics
Stakeholders speak out on CN, CP, KCS
New administration shows it is pro-worker
America’s Amtrak moment could finally be here
After year off, annual celebration of the Transcontinental Railroad is back on this weekend
California high-speed rail gets back on track with Biden infrastructure plan
Texas Central signs $1.6 billion electrical contract for Houston-Dallas bullet train
SEPTA releases FY 2022 operating budget
UP opening new Southern California terminal
Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff visiting Allentown for “Getting America Back on Track” tour
RRB Q&A: Dual benefit payments
Unemployment and Sickness Benefit flexibilities under the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act (RUIA) during the COVID-19 virus outbreak
Get the latest labor news from the Teamsters

More Headlines