FRA Finalizes Rule for Emergency Breathing Apparatuses

Crew members on freight trains carrying hazardous materials will have breathing devices.

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently announced a final rule requiring railroads to provide emergency escape breathing apparatuses (EEBAs) for all freight train crew members transporting hazardous materials. The rule was expedited after a Norfolk Southern freight train carrying hazardous chemicals derailed disastrously in East Palestine, Ohio, last year, endangering not just crew members but residents of the entire region.

“As FRA continues to advance rail safety and address concerns related to the transportation of hazardous materials, this new rule will implement needed protections for the workers who transport these products around the country,” said FRA Administrator Amit Bose. “The safety needs and benefits of EEBAs have long been established by past tragedies and research, and this rule will provide rail employees with the knowledge and tools to minimize potential dangers.” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Administrator Bose to receive God’s guidance as he heads the Federal Railroad Administration.
  • For Secretary Buttigieg and transportation officials as they seek to protect railroad crews with EEBAs.

Sources: Department of Transportation

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