DG Digest: FRA publishes new safety advisory to help protect workers

The FRA published a new safety advisory that offers recommendations to help protect workers in the right-of-way. An Amtrak Cascade Service trains passes through the Glacier Park control point in Tukwila, Washington in September of 2023. Photo © 9/2023 by Nikki Burgess; all rights reserved.

Uh-oh. It’s October already! How did that happen? Now’s the time to start making sure that your winter safety plans are ready to go and that your contracts with snow removal vendors are finalized. You don’t want your workplace to be the last in line for this vital service. Employee slips and falls rise dramatically during the winter season, and poor surface maintenance is one big reason why. Plan now to keep things clear, dry, and safe. Here’s the week’s news:


The agency published safety advisory 2023-06. This advisory sets out recommended actions to help ensure the safety of maintenance of way and other workers who may be present on or in the right-of-way. The advisory is in response to a number of recent incidents involving accidents affecting such workers.

See the advisory HERE

The agency published a series of ICR’s dealing with required safety appliances fitted to both new and in-service railcars, including those carrying hazardous materials. See the actions here:





The agency published an ICR dealing with its Formaldehyde Safety Standard. Formaldehyde is a liquid hazardous material found in widespread consumer and retail use.

See the ICR HERE

The agency also announced a meeting of its advisory council on occupational safety and health (FACOSH) set for October 19th. For information on how to attend or participate, see the link:


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