After Surge in Fatal Accidents, NTSB Urges Better Railroad Worker Briefings

September 24, 2014 3:55 PM

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The National Transportation Safety Board Wednesday recommended more thorough safety briefings after an increase in the number of railroad and mass transit maintenance workers killed in accidents in the last four years. There were 15 such fatalities last year.

In one case last year, a worker was electrocuted in Harpursville, N.Y., when a non-insulated aerial lift came in contact with electrical lines. Other maintenance workers were killed by passing trains, one was killed by a mudslide and another died of heat stroke on a hot summer day.

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