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The Federal Railroad Safety Program: 100 Years of Safer Railroads

  • 01
  • Aug
  • 1993
AUTHOR: Charles W. McDonald
OFFICE: RPD
SUBJECT: Safety Performance Measures
KEYWORDS: Historical Legislation, Employee Casualties, Safety Measures
ABSTRACT: This document details the history of railroad safety in the last one hundred years. It includes historic counting of employee fatalities as well as information about safety legislation, including: The First Safety Appliance Act (1893), The Second Safety Appliance Act (1904), The Hours of Service Act (1907), Signal and Train Control Legislation (1906-1937), and the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 1974. Transport of hazardous materials, engineer certification, and alcohol and drug programs are also discussed.

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