The Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act of 1970 created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) within the Department of Labor to reduce workplace hazards and implement safety and health programs.
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Railroad Safety
FRA's Office of Railroad Safety promotes and regulates safety throughout the nation's railroad industry. The office executes its regulatory and inspection responsibilities through a diverse staff of railroad safety experts. The staff includes 400 federal safety inspectors who operate out of eight regional offices. Each regional administrator is supported by two deputy regional administrators, chief inspectors, supervisory specialists, grade crossing safety managers and safety inspectors for five of the safety disciplines focusing on compliance and enforcement in:
- Hazardous Materials
- Motive Power and Equipment
- Operating Practices
- Signal and Train Control
Railroad Crossing Safety
FRA works closely with law enforcement agencies across the United States to improve railroad crossing safety and trespass prevention. Remember, it is illegal to disregard posted signs and placards at railroad crossings or drive around, under, or through crossing gates.
The only safe place to cross is at a designated public crossing with either a crossbuck, flashing red lights and / or a gate. If you cross at any other place, you are trespassing and can be ticketed or fined. 94% of all rail-related fatalities and injuries occur at railroad crossings or due to trespassing. Sadly, almost all of these deaths and injuries are preventable. For more information regarding FRA's law enforcement efforts, please go to FRA Railroad Crossing Safety & Trespass Prevention or Operation Lifesaver.
Contact Information for Safety:
Manager of Safety and Training