Railroads Join FRA to Strengthen Bridge Safety Policy

Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Boardman announced the first standard railroad bridge inspection and maintenance agreement between railroads and his agency, saying the deal is a big step toward increased safety.

"Having a common set of baseline inspection and maintenance practices against which all railroads are measured will help ensure the structural integrity and safety of the nation's rail bridges for years to come," Boardman said Sept. 24. He said as a result, the public will know more about how the safety of railroad bridges is managed.

The agreement is called The Essential Elements of a Railroad Bridge Management Program; it was developed and approved by the FRA Railroad Safety Advisory Committee, on which railroad companies are represented. The nine elements include maintaining a detailed bridge inventory; having procedures for the design and safety rating of bridges; ensuring bridge inspectors are properly qualified; establishing procedures for performing bridge inspections; and having a plan to protect train operations following discovery of a critical bridge problem.

FRA will formally add the essential elements into existing FRA bridge safety policy by the end of 2008, and it will be an integral part of a railroad’s bridge management evaluation, Boardman said.

FRA is working to write risk-based criteria for choosing which smaller railroads undergo federal bridge program review, and the American Railway Engineers and Maintenance of Way Association recently published the first railroad bridge inspection handbook. The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association is also creating a model rail bridge management program based on the essential elements and the FRA bridge safety policy.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • The Top 5 Safety and Technology Trends to Watch

    Get the latest on trends you can expect to hear more about in 2019, including continued growth of mobile safety applications, wearable technology, and smart PPE; autonomous vehicles; pending OSHA recordkeeping rulemaking; and increased adoption of international safety standard, ISO 45001.

  • Analyze Incident Data

    Collect relevant incident data, analyze trends, and generate accurate regulatory reports, including OSHA 300, 300A, and 301 logs, through IndustrySafe’s extensive incident reporting and investigation module.

  • Safety Training 101

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. We’ve put together a guide on key safety training topics, requirements for certifications, and answers to common training questions.

  • Conduct EHS Inspections and Audits

    Record and manage your organization’s inspection data with IndustrySafe’s Inspections module. IndustrySafe’s pre-built forms and checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - January 2019

    January / February 2019

    Featuring:

    • PREVENTING ERRORS
      Production vs. Safety 
    • EMERGENCY SHOWERS & EYEWASH
      Meeting the Requirements for Emergency Equipment
    • CONSTRUCTION SAFETY
      The State of Contractor Safety
    • FOOT PROTECTION
      The Three Keys to Effective Chemical Management
    View This Issue