Oil train explosions and crashes can result in deadly accidents along with
negative consequences for the environment, but these trains may still
be moving at fast paces while the plans to improve railroad safety progress
slowly. The Bakken oil region has dramatically increased the need for
oil delivery through the rail systems, but
Yahoo News reports that only three railroad companies have turned in safety plans
to the government to meet a deadline for installing technology that could
The technology could prevent the kind of tragedy seen too often when derailments
occur due to excessive speed, but only BNSF Railway, Metrolink and Southeastern
Pennsylvania Transportation Authority have submitted safety plans. The
latter two companies are commuter railroads with relatively small service
areas, so Bakken workers and residents will likely not benefit from these
safety improvements if the government approves their plans.
Importance Of Safety Features
Cost is a big reason that makes companies slow to install the required
safety features, but The National Transportation Safety Board has wanted
railroads to install some of the safety features for more than four decades.
The board believes there have been 145 preventable accidents that have
injured 6,700 and killed more than 300 people.
While BNSF is a large freight railroad, Union Pacific and Norfolk Southern
do not have any locomotives that operate with the safety features. If a
work accident like a crash occurs in the Bakken region, employees who suffer injuries
can apply for workers' compensation. This can offer one medical and
living expenses while recovering from a work related injury.
If you are interested in seeking benefits after an injury,
contact us today.