Fatalities and Injuries of On-Duty Railroad Employees
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This table includes information for both freight and passenger railroad operations.
KEY: 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.
Employee fatalities, and injuries:
1975-99: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Safety Analysis, Reportable Casualties, table 4.08, Casualty Summary Tables, available at https://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/publicsite/query/QuerySas.aspx as of Sept. 16, 2020.
2000-20: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Safety Analysis, Train Accidents, table 3.01, Accident Trends - Summary Statistics, available at https://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/default.aspx as of Mar. 23, 2021.
Employee hours, Train-miles:
U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Safety Analysis, Overview, table 1.02, Operational Data Tables, available at https://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/default.aspx as of Mar. 23, 2021.