FRA’s Back2Basics is an educational information initiative directed to railroad professionals and focuses on the personal aspects and responsibilities of staying safe in the workplace. Every week we will post a Rule of the Week message here and on our social media platforms. The previous week’s awareness message will remain on this page for a week below the latest one, just in case you missed it. We encourage you to visit this page again, tell your colleagues, and share the messages to help remind us all of the importance of fostering a continuous culture of safety in the railroad industry.
Railroad Safety Specialist John Brahaney created this initiative's artwork and messaging. If there is a topic you would like to see addressed, or if you want to request a copy of a past Rule of the Week message, please contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org
Railroaders, don’t stop digging until you find the root!
It’s not about the device, it’s about DISTRACTION. Every time handheld electronic devices distract #railroaders from their work, it’s like pulling a pin on a hand grenade … Don’t take risks! People’s lives are at stake.
Don’t take chances. #Railroaders should know that being alert today means being alive tomorrow.
LEAN ON ME
Warm brakes are effective brakes. And effective brakes make for a smooth ride … and a positive stop.
SOFA is one of the most effective rail safety partnership programs in recent history.
Cold weather presents a slew of challenges for #railroaders. Your safety should always be the priority when it comes to preventable accidents. Clean steps to a cab are clean steps to safety!
DEAD IN JANUARY
One moment of carelessness can cause a lifetime of sorrow.
Be proud of who you are. We are all in this together.
Railroaders must take the time to inspect what they pull. Attention to detail protects the customer, the carrier & YOU.
The holidays are coming…Make Sure You’ll Be Around to Enjoy Them with Your Family
CARS MAY MOVE
Being covered from head to toe in high-visibility gear doesn’t mean a freight car just kicked into a track has eyes to see you. ALWAYS watch out for moving cars before crossing tracks. The life you save will be your own.
Check it, line it & check it again. Railroad like the professionals you are.
Railroaders should embrace the safety recommendations from the Switching Operations Fatality Analysis (SOFA) Working Group.
Railroaders: Can you STOP in HALF THE DISTANCE that you’re able to see? If you can’t, you’re going too fast.
Railroaders know that Blue Signal is an important & successful regulation. Keeping Railroad Workers who are on, under, or between railroad rolling equipment safe is a high priority.
Taking authority is one of the most important things railroaders do. Get it RIGHT!
Railroaders are the backbone of America’s rail network. Keeping them safe is crucial. Next week, we introduce Back2Basics, an initiative created by our very own Railroad Safety Specialist John Brahaney to change unsafe #WorkplaceCulture. Stay tuned.