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Rick Shapiro

The Synergistic Effect of Smoking and Asbestos Exposure – A Deadly Team

As many as 1.3 million people in the U.S. go to a workplace where they’re exposed to asbestos every day, according to estimates by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Mesothelioma (a deadly asbestos-related cancer) has been linked to asbestos […]

Randy Appleton

Keeping Oil Trains Safe Requires More Than New Rail Tank Cars

Nearly 40 percent of all train derailments in the United States result from broken rails or other track problems. Looking only at train crashes that occur outside of rail yards, the percentage of derailments that happen when switches fail to […]

Rick Shapiro

NTSB Calls for Immediate Action on Designing and Deploying Fire-Resistant Rail Cars for Oil and Ethanol

News of train derailments and accidents that result in massive oil-fueled fires and explosions have become almost routine. While few such railroad instances in the United States have led directly to losses of life, the risks for injuries and extensive […]

Rick Shapiro

Former Survivor Contestant Killed on the Job in Railroad Accident

There is sad news for fans of the “Survivor” television series.  Caleb Bankston a contestant on the show in 2013 was crushed between two railroad cars.  He was an engineer for the Alabama Warrior Railway.  While checking on something between […]

Rick Shapiro

Commonwealth Confidential – Why Is Virginia Keeping Oil Train Travel Info Secret?

The U.S. Department of Transportation determined that details about volatile oil train shipments are not sensitive security information and should be released to state officials. This decision was made after big railroads like CSX, BNSF Railways, and Union Pacific sought […]

Rick Shapiro

Amtrak Passengers Injured in Collision With Truck Near Private Crossing

Four passengers suffered injuries of varying severity when the Amtrak train on which they were riding collided with a tree-trimming  truck and its attached wood chipper near a private crossing in Berlin, Connecticut (CT). The driver of the truck also […]

Patrick Austin

Environmental Impact Report of Virginia Avenue Tunnel Construction Issued, Safety Concerns Partially Addressed

[Source] An environmental impact report was recently issued, discussing the ramifications for the reconstruction of the Virginia Avenue Tunnel in Washington D.C. Owned and maintained by CSX, the railroad company aims to reconstruct the tunnel and add a second set […]

Patrick Austin

Oil Refiners Lobby Maintains that DOT-111 Oil Tankers Are Ok to Ship Crude Oil

Manufacturers and operators of the US fleet of DOT-111 tank cars argue that these cars are perfectly safe to ship crude oil from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota. A consensus has been emerging in recent months that these […]

Rick Shapiro

James River Accident Results in Death of Two Boaters

What likely began as a fun weekend boating trip turned tragic when two men died after a boat overturned in the James River near the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel in Newport News. The boat involved in this tragic incident was a […]

Patrick Austin

NTSB Investigating Virginia Crude Oil Derailment

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is taking charge of the investigation of an oil train on April 30 that was hauling crude oil through Lynchburg, Virginia (VA). However, it will be many months before any conclusions are reached and […]