BLET, UTU warn of rail safety concerns

Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) President Don M. Hahs and United Transportation Union (UTU) President Paul C. Thompson issued the following outline describing joint concerns over railroad attempts to compromise public safety and security by reducing crew size on the nation's railroads:

Railroading is one of the most dangerous occupations in North America

Railroads haul some of the most deadly of hazardous materials

Railroads want to reduce train crews without adding new technology

The danger of reduced crews is primarily from fatigue

One person crews sought by the carriers are a prescription for disaster

A Federal Railroad Administration study of reduced crews is needed



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