Freight railroading is a safe industry now, but railroads are always looking for ways to make tomorrow safer than today. The rail industry’s commitment to safety is reflected in safety statistics from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Based on the three most common safety measures used by the FRA — train accident rates, employee injury rates, and grade crossing collision rates — recent years have been the safest in rail history.
Railroads are proud of their safety improvements, but they know the safety challenge never ends. Working together with their employees, suppliers, and customers, and with officials at the FRA and elsewhere in government, railroads are constantly developing and implementing new technologies and operating practices to further improve rail safety.