August 14-16 2012

History

In 2008, The Federal Railroad Administration and the Federal Transit Administration sponsored the first ROW Fatality and Trespass Prevention Workshop. This workshop was the first to bring together multiple rail constituents from transit, freight, and commuter rail to focus on common problems and solutions surrounding ROW fatality and trespass prevention with 121 delegates from various organizations and government agencies attending the workshop.

This event took an in-depth look at the issues surrounding one of the biggest risk areas facing the rail community - trespassing and fatalities on the right-of-way. This workshop was the first to bring together multiple rail constituents including transit, freight and commuter rail to focus on common problems and solutions surrounding ROW fatality and trespass prevention. The goal of the workshop was to identify and share existing industry leading practices and explore new strategies that the rail industry could pursue to reduce the number of right-of-way and trespasser incidents and fatalities

The two day workshop included 23 presentations from multiple organizations on ROW Fatality/Trespass issues covering the following six topic areas:

  • Community Outreach

  • Police/Enforcement

  • Hazard Management

  • Technology

  • Infrastructure I

  • Infrastructure II – Engineering

The workshop presented a varied program presented by rail/transit experts and safety professionals who shared their ideas on key issues, best practices, technical developments, human behavior, suicide prevention, law enforcement, and education methods and techniques related to ROW fatality and trespass reduction. The workshop allowed attendees to hear about and discuss advances, accomplishments, challenges, approaches and best practices in ROW fatality trespass prevention. The workshop provided an interesting and motivational look at advances in ROW fatality and trespass reduction technologies, education and operations. The result was an exchange of ideas, an opportunity to network with peers, a showcase of the newest and best safety-related developments from around the world, and an opportunity to set the foundation for future cooperation. The workshop offered the participants increased skills and novel approaches to issues. Attendees left the workshop with new tools, methods and solutions that are able to be implemented or introduced at their respective organizations.

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