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Rail Safety – Top of Mind

Next week is Railway Safety week in Canada and the US. We should all be familiar with Operation Lifesaver and their hard work at keeping the public and railway workers aware of the dangers around our railways. This year a Railway Safety poster has been printed with Operation Lifesaver and CN. A copy of the

By | 2017-06-21T11:29:46+00:00 April 21st, 2017|Safety|

Railway Safety Week April 24 – 30

This month features Railway Safety Week across Canada and the USA. Canadian Heartland Training Railway and their partners are advocates of safe railroading and work effortlessly to ensure their training and rail services are focused on safe and productive railroads. Operation Lifesave works on several fronts to ensure that the public continues to be informed

By | 2017-06-21T11:29:46+00:00 April 5th, 2017|Railroading, Safety|

Building a Strong Safety Culture

Safety for an organization begins with a commitment to creating a Safety Culture at every level of the organization. Last year we had the pleasure of hearing from Fred Shusterich, President of Midwest Energy Resources, at the Industrial Railway Safety Conference on his company’s success at building a safety culture at every level of the

By | 2017-06-21T11:29:46+00:00 February 20th, 2017|Regulations, Safety, Uncategorized|

Winter brings its own Challenges for Railways

Snow and Ice removal requires a Winter Plan This winter we have been dropped into a cold snap that has been accompanied by a consistent snowfall. When prolonged period of minus zero occur we often have to deal with ice build up on the rails. Ice and snow compacted into switches, frogs and crossing can

By | 2017-06-21T11:29:46+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|Safety|

Blue Flag Requirements

When is a Blue Flag Required. Blue flag protection must be in place anytime persons are working on or around railway cars when... Transloading dangerous goods Transloading non-dangerous goods When inspecting railway equipment Repairing railway equipment and any other situation where persons could be at risk of an unintended movement.  The regulatory requirements for the

By | 2017-06-21T11:29:46+00:00 December 21st, 2016|Safety|

Can You Hear That Train A Comin’?

  Jukebox Leigh, 2013 While Leigh sings Johnny Cash and other classics we need to keep in mind how important our hearing is with respect to work safety and overall health. Sometimes our inner rock star compels us to boost the volume control right to "11" because we just can't get enough of

By | 2017-06-21T11:29:47+00:00 November 28th, 2016|Safety|

Derail Use to Protect Employees

IROR Rule 23 Derails Derail properly installed on rail Derails are used to protect employees and equipment while employees are loading/unloading equipment with dangerous goods. Rule 23.4 reads: “Derails must be left secured with a locking device controlled by the facility when equipment containing dangerous goods is being loaded or unloaded”. Scenario You

By | 2017-06-21T11:29:47+00:00 November 10th, 2016|Safety, Training|

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day November 11th Veterans "Lest We Forget" Memorial and Canadian Flag, St. Catherines, Ontario - Source RCL On Friday November 11th we will be honoring our Veterans in Canada for their courageous service to our country and to those who have supported us in the fight for freedom and human rights. We

By | 2017-06-21T11:29:47+00:00 November 8th, 2016|Safety|

$55 Million for Rail Safety

$55 Million for Rail Safety at Public Railway Crossings Last week on October 12th Marc Garneau the Transport Minister made an announcement on a new commitment to railway safety across Canada.  The Federal Government is making available $55 million over a three year period. Last year there where a reported 46 deaths in Canada, many

By | 2017-06-21T11:30:03+00:00 October 17th, 2016|Safety|

Railway Safety – Back to School

Railway Safety and Our Kids With School back in session and our families and kids busy getting to and from school there is a need to be aware of our public railways and safety around Railway tracks and crossings. This month Operation Lifesaver, the non profit public safety education and awareness organization is running their

By | 2017-06-21T11:30:04+00:00 September 13th, 2016|Safety|