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Name: HR 1748 Safe Freight act 
Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years
Posted: 28 July 2020

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen is applauding the
Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) for proposing a statewide
two-person crew regulation to help ensure safe train operations within
the state. 

On July 27, KDOT proposed the new safety regulation, which would
require railroads to maintain a minimum of two crew members in the cab
of the lead locomotive while operating within the state. 

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly said: “Kansas has faced issues ranging from
crew member fatigue to derailments, which pose a threat to our safety
and security — but by maintaining the current practice of requiring a
two-person crew we can ensure the health and safety of Kansas workers.
This proposed regulation is a commonsense, necessary measure to protect
our state’s railroad crew members and keep every community along the
tracks safe.” 

The proposed regulation reads as follows: 

“K.A.R. [36-43-1]. Crew Requirements. 

“a. Railroads operating within Kansas shall maintain a minimum of two
crew members in the control compartment of the lead locomotive unit of
a train.

“b. Complains with subsection (a) of this Section shall not be required
during switching operations, brake testing, safety inspections, or while
performing setouts in conjunction with road service.” 

According to a KDOT press release, “The benefits of the proposed rule
and regulation is railroad and community safety, including the role of
two-person crews can play in helping to prevent potential accidents or
derailments and in emergency situations. Nearly all railroads in Kansas
are currently operating two-person crews and will have no increased
labor costs from the implementation of this regulation.” 

Other states with minimum train crew requirements are Wisconsin,
Arizona, Oregon, California, West Virginia, Colorado, Nevada,
Washington, and Illinois. 

BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce said: “I thank Governor Kelly
and the members of the Kansas Department of Transportation for this
proposed safety regulation. It is essential to have two crew members
inside the locomotive cab to save lives and to ensure the safe
operation of trains throughout the state of Kansas.”

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