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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-91-028
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Synopsis: ABOUT 3:13 A.M. EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME, ON 8/9/90, NORTH BOUND NORFOLK SOUTHERN (NS) FREIGHT TRAIN 188 COLLIDED WITH SOUTHBOUND NS LOCAL FREIGHT TRAIN G-38 AT CONTROL POINT DAVIS NEAR SUGAR VALLEY, GEORGIA. THE CONDUCTOR ON TRAIN 188 & THE CONDUCTOR & ENGINEER ON TRAIN G-38 WERE FATALLY INJURED. THE TRAINMEN ON BOTH TRAINS & THE ENGINEER ON TRAIN 188 RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES. DAMAGE WAS ESTIMATED AT $1,268,680.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE NORFOLK SOUTHERN CORPORATION: REVISE THE COMPANY'S MEDICAL PROGRAM TO ENSURE THAT TRAIN CREWMEMBERS ARE EXAMINED PERIODICALLY & MONITORED FOR AILMENTS & THE TAKING OF ASSOCIATED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: SUGAR VALLEY, GA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA90MR008
Accident Reports: Collision and Derailment of Norfolk Southern Train 188 with Norfolk Southern Train G-38
Report #: RAR-91-02
Accident Date: 8/9/1990
Issue Date: 9/16/1991
Date Closed: 10/20/1992
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Norfolk Southern Corporation (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Norfolk Southern Corporation
Date: 10/20/1992
Response: THE BOARD NOTES THAT THE NS PHYSICAL EXAMINATION FORMS NOW REQUIRE EMPLOYEES TO LIST MEDICATIONS CURRENTLY TAKEN & UNDERSTANDS THAT THIS INFORMATION THEN WILL BE REVIEWED BY THE COMPANY'S MEDICAL DEPARTMENT, A FOLLOWUP MEASURE THAT THE BOARD CONSIDERS TO BE IMPORTANT. AS A RESULT OF YOUR ACTIONS, THE BOARD HAS CLASSIFIED RECOMMENDATION R-91-28 "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: Norfolk Southern Corporation
To: NTSB
Date: 6/15/1992
Response: NSR HAS ESTABLISHED NEW MEDICAL POLICIES WHICH PROVIDE REQUIRING PHYSICAL EXAMINATION, INCLUDING A COMPLETE HISTORY, ONCE EVERY THREE YEARS FOR TRAIN AND ENGINE EMPLOYEES UNDER 59 YEARS OF AGE, AND ONCE EVERY YEAR FOR EMPLOYEES 60 YEARS OF AGE AND ABOVE. THIS COMPLETE EXAMINATION WILL INCLUDE URINALYSIS AND DRUG SCREENS, AND THE HISTORY SHOULD ELICIT THE NAMES OF MEDICATIONS TAKEN BY EMPLOYEES.

From: NTSB
To: Norfolk Southern Corporation
Date: 5/8/1992
Response: Safety Recommendation R-91-28 asked the NS to revise the company's medical program to ensure that train crewmembers are examined periodically and monitored for ailments and the taking of associated prescription drugs. The Safety Board notes that the NS will establish a medical policy that would require a physical examination, including a complete history, once every 3 years for train and engine employees under 59 years old, and once every year for employees over 60 years old. The Safety Board also notes that the examination will include urinalysis and drug screens, and that the history would elicit the medications taken by employees. As soon as the NS institutes this new policy, please furnish a copy of it to the Safety Board. As a result of your response, the Safety Board has classified Safety Recommendation R-91-28 as "Open--Acceptable Response."

From: Norfolk Southern Corporation
To: NTSB
Date: 1/8/1992
Response: NSR WILL ESTABLISH A NEW MEDICAL POLICY REQUIRING A PHYSICAL EXAMINATION, INCLUDING A COMPLETE HISTORY, ONCE EVERY THREE YEARS FOR TRAIN AND ENGINE EMPLOYEES UNDER 59 YEARS OF AGE, AND ONCE EVERY YEAR FOR EMPLOYEES 60 YEARS OF AGE AND ABOVE. THIS COMPLETE EXAMINATION WILL INCLUDE URINALYSIS AND DRUG SCREEN, AND THE HISTORY SHOULD ELICIT THE NAMES OF MEDICATIONS TAKEN BY EMPLOYEES.