Archive for May 15, 2019

Opinion: New safety standards for oil trains are needed to prevent tragedy

(Source: Opinion column by Shawn Vestal published in the Spokesman-Review, May 15, 2019)  SPOKANE, Wash. — Washington’s new law to establish safer standards on the highly flammable oil trains that pass regularly through Spokane – past hospitals, a high school, a freeway – is likely headed for a courtroom. Attorneys general in six states with…

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BLET announces new appointments to Safety Task Force

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, May 13 — BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce today announced new appointments to the BLET Safety Task Force (STF), the rail industry’s first and oldest labor-based accident investigation team. National Secretary-Treasurer Stephen J. Bruno will continue serving as Chairman of the STF, while Brother Carl W. Fields (Division 682, Hammond, Ind.) remains…

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