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Railroad Safety Statistics Annual Report 2002

  • 01
  • Apr
  • 2004
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration
OFFICE: RRS
SUBJECT: Safety Performance Measures, Accident Reduction
ABSTRACT: The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has established an ultimate goal of “Zero Tolerance” for railroad-related accidents, injuries and fatalities. In pursuit of that goal, significant progress has been made, particularly over the past six years, in reducing the number of train collisions, derailments, highway-rail grade crossing incidents, and injuries to railroad workers. These results have been achieved because of a collaborative effort involving the FRA, railroad management, rail labor, equipment suppliers, and contractors, as well as other federal and state agencies whose mission involves ensuring railroad safety. Central to the success of this rail safety effort is the ability to understand the nature of rail-related accidents and to analyze trends in railroad safety. The FRA’s Railroad Safety Statistics – Annual Report 2002 is intended as a resource for the FRA’s safety partners. It is also intended as a general reference source for individuals and organizations with an interest in rail safety issues. Statistical data, tables and charts are provided to depict the nature and cause of many rail-related accidents and incidents that occurred in 2002. Furthermore, selected historical data is included to provide a baseline for understanding the railroad industry’s improving safety performance.

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