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Fatalities and Injuries of On-Duty Railroad Employees

Dataset Table:

Year Employee fatalities, total Grade-crossing accidents and incidents Train accidents and incidents only (grade-crossing excluded) Employee injuries, total 1
1990 40 5 35 20,970 2
1991 35 1 34 19,626 3
1992 34 2 32 17,755 4
1993 47 3 44 15,363 5

Embedded Dataset Excel:

Dataset Excel:

table_02_44_031220.xlsx

Notes:

This table includes information for both freight and passenger railroad operations.

Description:

KEY: P = preliminary;  R = revised.

a Excludes contractors.

bTrain-miles in this table differ from Train-miles in the vehicle-miles table in Chapter 1. Train-miles reported in Chapter 1 include only Class I rail (see glossary for definition), while this table includes Class I rail, Group II rail, and other rail. In 2005, Group II rail accounted for 78 million train-miles, and other rail for 29 million train-miles. Moreover, the vehicle-miles table in Chapter 1 includes only Train-miles between terminals and/or stations, thus excluding yard and switching miles. In 2005, Class I yard/switching train miles totaled 67 million train-miles. Note that commuter rail safety data are reported in the rail mode and in the transit mode. Commuter rail train-miles are included in Class I rail and Group II rail in this table.

c A Train-mile is the movement of a train (which can consist of many cars) the distance of 1 mile. A Train-mile differs from a  vehicle-mile, which is the movement of 1 car (vehicle) the distance of 1 mile. A 10-car (vehicle) train traveling 1 mile would be measured as 1 train-mile and 10 vehicle-miles. Caution should be used when comparing train-miles to vehicle-miles. 

Source:

Employee fatalities, and injuries:

1990-99: Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Safety Analysis, Reportable Casualties, Casualty Tables, table 4.08, available at https://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/publicsite/query/QuerySas.aspx as of Feb. 19, 2020.

2000-19: Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Safety Analysis, Summary by Type Incident and Type Person, table 3.01, available at https://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/default.aspx as of Feb. 13, 2020. 

Employee hours, Train-miles:

1990-2019: Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Safety Analysis, Overview, table 1.02, available at https://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/default.aspx as of Feb. 28, 2020. 

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