April 17, 2015: (SA) FRA Issues Mechanical Inspection Safety Advisory

The Federal Railroad Administration has issued a Safety Advisory that recommends enhancing the mechanical safety of trains that are transporting large quantities of flammable liquids. FRA is recommending the use of highly qualified individuals to conduct both the brake and mechanical inspections. In addition, FRA recommends the industry reduce the impact threshold levels that are currently used for wayside detectors that measure wheel impacts to ensure the wheel integrity of tank cars in those trains. In an effort to continue ensuring the highest level of safety on the Nation's Railroads FRA may modify this Safety Advisory, issue additional safety advisories or take other appropriate action deemed necessary.  

Mechanical Inspection Safety Advisory