On August 6th the Chairman of the WA State Legislative Board of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, Shahraim C. Allen, sent a letter of concerns to Scott Ferguson, Department of Ecology, lead for Gov. Inslee's Marine and Rail Oil Transportation Study.
None of Chairman Allen's concerns about rail safety are mentioned in the October 1st draft report.
Areas of BLET concern include imminent risk to public health and safety
due to :
* the number of inexperienced, “new hire” railroad employees entering the railroad workforce inadequately trained and/or familiarized with the workplace environment.
* the proposed use of Single-Person Train Crews in freight rail operations.
* both chronic and acute fatigue in the railroad industry.
* track maintenance not commensurate with the number of heavy tonnage trains operated on rail lines in Washington State.
* inadequate regulatory oversight and cumbersome rulemaking by the Federal Railroad Administration.
* the lack of accountability in all area of operations management within the railroads.
* crew fatigue caused by inaccurate train line-ups, and poor or improper crew lodging conditions.
* inadequate Whistleblower protections afforded railroad employees.
Why were these public safety concerns not addressed in the Gov's report??