Transportation Safety

SMART Transportation Division has no higher priority than fighting for laws, regulations and work rules that ensure our members go home to their families in one piece.

We know that the railroad industry is one of the most dangerous, where accidents too often result in career-ending injuries or death.

Danger similarly lurks for bus, commuter, production and transit workers, and that is why our efforts include fighting for safer bus and passenger car construction, and increased training in the handling of unruly passengers with our staff constantly monitoring changes to OSHA and other occupational regulations.

In addition to our efforts before Congress, state legislatures and regulatory agencies, as well as the negotiating table, to advance workplace safety, we have several dedicated teams that study safety issues and make recommendations — the Switching Operations Fatalities Analysis (SOFA) working group and the SMART Transportation Division National Safety Team.

SMART TD Safety Efforts

The Switching Operations Fatalities Analysis (SOFA) working group is a coordinated effort with the Federal Railroad Administration, carriers and labor organizations to develop safe practices that reduce fatalities and career ending injuries in yard switching operations.

The 21-member SMART Transportation Division National Safety Team assists National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators in ascertaining facts relating to rail accidents.

Rail Safety alerts

Fatigue, Drug and Alcohol Testing

Fatigue is the top danger facing transportation workers today. For more information about this problem and to view a series of online presentations concerning fatigue, click on the link below.

Safety Laws and Recommendations

Railroad safety laws are contained in a number of statutes and regulations. Below are links to a general summary of many of those laws. They should be used as a guide only, and if a specific problem arises, the applicable law or regulation should be reviewed. There are also links to government safety advisories and safety recommendations.

Other important links