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Rail Fatality Rate

Rail Fatality Rate:

In 2000 there were 928 deaths attributable to rail operations. Approximately 50% of the fatalities were trespasser-related, and more than 40% occurred at highway-rail grade crossings.

Employee casualties dropped 5% for the year. To reduce rail fatalities, FRA is forging safety partnerships with the rail industry, strengthening educational outreach, and rigorously emphasizing compliance with safety standards.

This means that fewer people died in the rail environment per mile since FRA began collecting data.

FRA took important steps to improve the rail accident rate. Recognizing that a significant number of accidents occurred in rail yards and during switching operations, FRA formed a task force with representatives from rail labor and management to analyze the causes of these accidents and to develop common sense, effective solutions. It is still too early to determine the long-term effectiveness of this program, given that preliminary data show a small increase in yard accidents.

External Factors:

Trespasser-related deaths occur on private property, with approximately 77% of them taking place on the five largest railroads. Additionally, railroad train-miles have grown continuously each year since 1991. Human factors, such as employee fatigue, play a role in determining whether the rail environment is a safe one. All three factors indirectly affect the fatality rate.

Although the number of deaths was slightly lower in 2000 vs. 1999 (928 vs. 932), the number of annual train-miles increased, almost 1.2%.



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