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Brett Emison

Captain Admits: Distracted Driving Caused Costa Concordia Cruise Ship Crash

When we hear about distracted driving, most think of teenagers texting or distracting movies or someone putting on makeup or even an errant cheeseburger wrapper. We don't often think about…

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Harry Smith on Rock Center: Fine Print Immunities Result In 'Goliath' Fight Against Cruise Industry

Veteran reporter Harry Smith (@HarrySmithNBC) on Rock Center reported last week that six months after the Costa Concordia cruise ship wreck disaster, some of the survivors are fighting the…

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Freight Train Crashes Into Tow Truck; Car Stuck On Railroad Crossing

The Washington Post and Gazette.net have both reported on a railroad crossing accident in which a freight train crashed into a tow truck trying to remove a vehicle that was stuck on the railroad…

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Did You Know… Railroad Companies Are Fighting Safety Improvements?

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, some 40% of railroad accidents are caused by human error. Starting in 1990, to mitigate these human error accidents, the NTSB put a new system…

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Why Don’t Railroad Companies Guard All Railroad Crossings?

I have written frequently about railroad crossing accidents and dangers.

A fatal train crash in Missouri sheds additional light on these dangers. The Springfield News Leader reported on a…

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Nebraska Supreme Court Reinstates Railroad Crossing Lawsuit

The Nebraska Supreme Court has reinstated a young woman’s lawsuit against Railroad giant, Union Pacific, alleging that the Union Pacific train crew failed to apply the brakes once the crew realized…

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Railroad Crossing Accident Fatality After Railroad Was Warned About Dangerous Crossing

A news story out of Salt Lake City recounts a doubly-tragic railroad accident. There is the obvious tragedy that a young person lost her life, but it is compounded by the fact that someone notified…

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UPDATE: NTSB To Improve Air Ambulance Safety; Fuel Questioned In Helicopter Crash

I wrote over the weekend about the high risk of air ambulance helicopter crashes. Following a crash in Mosby, Missouri, the NTSB will take steps to reduce and prevent fatal medical helicopter…

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Medical Helicopter Crashes: Worth The Risk?

Medical helicopters around the country save lives every day. However, there have been a substantial number of medical helicopter crashes. The most recent crash, in Mosby, Missouri, killed four and…

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Union Pacific Railroad Fined For Retaliated Against Workers Raising Safety Concerns

The AP has reported that OSHA has fined Union Pacific Railroad more than $600,000 for punishing employees who raised safety concerns.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said…