The FAMES Committee (Fatality Analysis of Maintenance-of-Way Employees and Signalmen)
One of the most active initiatives in the railroad industry has been analyzing the issues of roadway worker protection. The FAMES (Fatality Analysis of Maintenance-of-Way Employees and Signalmen) Committee, the industry-wide group that has focused on this important issue, is a voluntary committee of labor, management and government formed to review and analyze Roadway Worker Fatalities.
Following are safety alerts and recommendations put forth by the FAMES Committee:
- FAMES – Fatalities on Adjacent Tracks – March 2023
- FAMES – Safety Alert: Use of Electronic Devices – January 26, 2023
- FAMES – Fatality Safety Alert – November 9, 2022
- FAMES – Fatality Safety Alert – November 8, 2022
- FAMES – Bridge Worker Safety – November 2022
- FAMES – Fourth Quarter Safety Alert – September 2022
- FAMES – Fatal Accidents Involving RWIC and Lone Workers – June 2022
- FAMES – Fatal Striking Accidents with Roadway Maintenance Machines Present – February 2022
- FAMES – Workers Fatally Injured by Trains or On‐Track Equipment in Multiple Track Territory
- FAMES – Safety Alert – January 2021
- FAMES – Safety Alert – November 2020
- FAMES – Fourth Quarter Safety Alert – October 2020
Click Here to view the video created by Norfolk Southern on behalf of the FAMES committee to address fatal accidents involving boom/crane usage on roadway maintenance machines in conjunction with the FAMES report published in December 2019.
Switching & Operations Fatality Analysis (SOFA) working group
Together with other industry associations, government agencies and labor bodies, the ASLRRA is engaged in the Switching & Operations Fatality Analysis (SOFA) working group. The goal of SOFA is to identify and eradicate the causes of switching and operations fatalities.
Following are recommendations and the most recent quarterly SOFA reports: