As published in the Federal Register on October 11, 2011 the Federal Railroad Administration has issued Safety Advisory 2011-02 to remind railroads and their employees of the importance of following procedures when going between rolling equipment. This safety advisory contains various recommendations to railroads to ensure that these issues are addressed by appropriate railroad operating policies and procedures, and to ensure that those policies and procedures are effectively implemented.
This safety advisory was issued in response to three railroad employee fatalities experienced in the 10 week period between July 25, 2011 and September 8, 2011, as well as two additional railroad employee fatalities occurring over the last two years. All of these incidents occurred when employees were between rolling equipment.
Among the recommendations included in this safety advisory is the review of SOFA Safety Recommendation #1 – Adjusting Knuckles, Adjusting Drawbars, and Installing End of Train Devices.
The full text of this safety advisory can be viewed at http://www.fra.dot.gov/downloads/safety/SA201102.pdf