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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-80-049
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Synopsis: ON FEBRUARY 12, 1980, TWO FREIGHT TRAINS OPERATED BY THE BALTIMORE AND OHIO RAILROAD COMPANY COLLIDED HEAD-ON AT ORLEANS ROAD, WEST VIRGINIA. EXTRA 6474 EAST WAS ON TRACK NO. 2 TRAVELING AT 38 MILES PER HOUR AS IT PASSED THE STOP-AND-STAY SIGNAL AT ORLEANS ROAD AND ENTERED A CURVE WHERE EXTRA 4367 WEST WAS APPROACHING AT A SPEED OF 32 MPH. THE FIREMAN OF EXTRA 4367 WEST WAS KILLED AND THE ENGINEER AND HEAD BRAKEMAN WERE INJURED; THE ENGINEER, BRAKEMAN, AND CONDUCTOR OF EXTRA 6474 EAST WERE INJURED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS: RECOMMEND TO ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS MEMBER COMPANIES THAT THEY PROVIDE FIRST AID TRAINING FOR THEIR TRAIN CREWMEMBERS AND PASSENGER SERVICE PERSONNEL.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: Orleans Road, WV, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 79794
Accident Reports: Head On Collision of B & O Freight Trains Extra 6474 and Extra 4367 West
Report #: RAR-80-09
Accident Date: 2/12/1980
Issue Date: 11/5/1980
Date Closed: 8/11/1981
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Association of American Railroads (Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action)
Keyword(s): Medical, Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Association of American Railroads
Date: 8/11/1981
Response: This is in response to your letter of May 29, 1981, concerning Safety Recommendation R-80-49 which resulted from two Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company freight trains colliding head on at Orleans Road, West Virginia, on February 12, 1980. The Safety Board has reviewed the Association of American Railroads (AAR) comments regarding this recommendation which dealswith providing first aid training for train crewmembers and passenger service personnel. The Board notes that the AAR Medical Section’s Committee of Direction supports the provision of first aid training for employees by its member companies, although only on a voluntary basis. We appreciate the AAR thoroughly airing this Safety Board recommendation with its members and your recommendation that training be made available. While the Board had hoped that the AAR would suggest that all crewmembers and passenger service personnel should receive first aid training, we feel that your action is satisfactory. Accordingly, Recommendation R-80-49 will be classified “Closed--Acceptable Alternate Action.”

From: Association of American Railroads
To: NTSB
Date: 5/29/1981
Response: ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS LTR: THE AAR MEDICAL SECTION'S COMMITTEE OF DIRECTION DISCUSSED THIS SUBJECT AT ITS MEETING IN LATE JANUARY 1981. WHILE THE DOCTORS SUPPORT IN PRINCIPLE THE PROVISION OF FIRST AID TRAINING FOR EMPLOYEES, THEY CALL ATTENTION TO THE NECESSITY OF LIMITING THE PROCEDURES WHICH A LAYMAN IS PERMITTED TO PERFORM. THEY FIRMLY BELIEVE SOME EMERGENCY ACTIONS MUST BE TAKEN ONLY BY PHYSICIANS EVEN THOUGH THEY MAY BE CONSIDERED AS FIRST AID MEASURES. THE MEDICAL OFFICERS ALSO SUGGESTED THAT FIRST AID TRAINING SHOULD BE MADE AVAILABLE ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS, BUT NOT MADE A MANDATORY REQUIREMENT. SUBSEQUENT TO THE MEETING MENTIONED, OUR STAFF INTRODUCED THIS TOPIC AT A GATHERING OF THE AAR SAFETY SECTION'S STEERING COMMITTEE. REPRESENTATIVES OF 20 RAILROADS ATTENDED AND ALL WERE FULLY AWARE OF YOUR RECOMMENDATION. A MAJORITY REPORTED THAT FIRST AID TRAINING CLASSES WERE SCHEDULED PERIODICALLY FOR EMPLOYEES OF CERTAIN CRAFTS ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS. THE RESPONSE ON SOME ROADS HAS BEEN EXCELLENT; ON OTHERS MEAGER, BUT THE SAFETY OFFICERS WERE UNANIMOUS IN THE VIEW THAT FIRST AID TRAINING MUST NOT BE MANDATED. THEY BELIEVE THAT WITH THE AVAILABLE ACCESS TO DOCTORS, HOSPITALS, AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE PERSONNEL, THE NECESSITY FOR EMPLOYEES TO APPLY FIRST AID MEASURES WOULD BE EXTREMELY LIMITED, AND A COMPULSORY PROGRAM COVERING ALL EMPLOYEES WOULD NOT BE COST-BENEFICIAL.

From: NTSB
To: Association of American Railroads
Date: 5/18/1981
Response:

From: Association of American Railroads
To: NTSB
Date: 12/15/1980
Response: ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS LTR: THE SUBJECT HAS BEEN DISCUSSED ON MANY OCCASIONS BY THE AAR MEDICAL SECTION'S COMMITTEE OF DIRECTION. THAT COMMITTEE IS SCHEDULED TO MEET IN WASHINGTON DURING THE LATTER PART OF JANUARY. I WILL REQUEST THAT YOUR RECOMMENDATION BE DOCKETED FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE COMMITTEE AT THAT MEETING, AND THAT THE COMMITTEE PROVIDE ME WITH THEIR RECOMMENDATION WITH RESPECT TO YOUR SUGGESTION.