Table 2-40: Fatalities and Injuries of On-Duty Railroad Employees

Table 2-40: Fatalities and Injuries of On-Duty Railroad Employees

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  1990 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
Employee fatalities, total 40 34 33 37 27 31 24 22 20 19
Grade-crossing accidents and incidents 5 2 1 0 4 2 2 1 1 1
Train accidents and incidents only (grade-crossing excluded) 35 32 32 37 23 29 22 21 19 18
Employee injuries, total 20,970 10,777 9,199 8,295 8,398 8,622 8,423 7,815 (R) 6,644 6,073
Grade-crossing accidents and incidents 169 123 79 111 122 140 100 97 110 76
Train accidents and incidents only (grade-crossing excluded) 20,801 10,654 9,120 8,184 8,276 8,482 8,323 7,718 (R) 6,534 5,997
Employee hours (millions) 553.6 510.3 504.6 503.9 514.9 510.0 490.9 475.1 (R) 454.1 450
Fatality rates per million employee hours                    
All accidents / incidents 0.07 0.07 0.07 0.07 0.05 0.06 0.05 0.05 0.04 0.04
Grade-crossing accidents and incidents 0.01 <0.01 <0.01 <0.01 0.01 <0.01 <0.01 <0.01 <0.01 <0.01
Train accidents and incidents only (grade-crossing excluded) 0.06 0.06 0.06 0.07 0.04 0.06 0.04 0.04 0.04 0.04
Injury rates per million employee hours                    
All accidents / incidents 37.9 21.1 18.2 16.5 16.3 16.9 17.2 16.4 (R) 14.6 13.6
Grade-crossing accidents and incidents 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2
Train accidents and incidents only (grade-crossing excluded) 37.6 20.9 18.1 16.2 16.1 16.6 17.0 16.2 (R) 14.4 13.4
Train-miles (millions)a,b 609 670 671 677 683 712 723 712 729 744
Fatality rates per million train-miles                    
All accidents / incidents 0.07 0.05 0.05 0.05 0.04 0.04 0.03 0.03 0.03 0.03
Grade-crossing accidents and incidents 0.01 <0.01 <0.01 <0.01 0.01 <0.01 <0.01 <0.01 <0.01 <0.01
Train accidents and incidents only (grade-crossing excluded) 0.06 0.05 0.05 0.05 0.03 0.04 0.03 0.03 0.03 0.02
Injury rates per million train-miles                    
All accidents/incidents 34.4 16.1 13.7 12.3 12.3 12.1 11.7 11.0 9.1 8.2
Grade-crossing accidents and incidents 0.3 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.1
Train accidents and incidents only (grade-crossing excluded) 34.2 15.9 13.6 12.1 12.1 11.9 11.5 10.8 9.0 8.1

KEY: R = revised.

a Train-miles in this table differ from train-miles in the vehicle-miles table in Chapter 1. Train-miles reported in Chapter 1 include only Class I rail (see glossary for definition), while this table includes Class I rail, Group II rail, and other rail. In 2003, Group II rail accounted for 82 million train-miles, and other rail for 31 million train-miles. Moreover, the vehicle-miles table in Chapter 1 includes only train-miles between terminals and/or stations, thus excluding yard and switching miles. In 2003, Class I yard/switching train miles totaled 62 million train-miles. Note that commuter rail safety data are reported in the rail mode and in the transit mode. Commuter rail train-miles are included in Class I rail and Group II rail in this table.

b A train-mile is the movement of a train (which can consist of many cars) the distance of 1 mile. A train-mile differs from a vehicle-mile, which is the movement of 1 car (vehicle) the distance of 1 mile. A 10-car (vehicle) train traveling 1 mile would be measured as 1 train-mile and 10 vehicle-miles. Caution should be used when comparing train-miles to vehicle miles.

NOTE

This table includes information for both freight and passenger railroad operations.

SOURCES

1990-95: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Highway-Rail Crossing Accident/Incident and Inventory Bulletin (Washington, DC: annual issues).

1996-99: Ibid., Railroad Safety Statistics Annual Report (Washington, DC: annual issues), tables 1-3, 2-4, and 3-1.

2000-04: Ibid., Internet site http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/Query/Default.asp as of Mar. 4, 2005.