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CONN-OSHA Breakfast Roundtable Meeting Addresses Railroad Safety

For immediate release
May 7, 2009

WETHERSFIELD, Metro North Railroad safety officer Frank DiLorenzo will discuss a topic most Connecticut residents typically give little thought to – the importance of taking precautions around train tracks -- during a May 19 Breakfast Roundtable Discussion meeting sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA). The meeting will take place from 10 a.m. until noon in the agency’s Wethersfield Central Office, 200 Folly Brook Boulevard.  

According to CONN-OSHA Safety Training Specialist John Able and coordinator of the breakfast series, DiLorenzo will discuss how to make safe decisions when in the vicinity of trains and tracks, and will detail the mission and work of Operation Lifesaver®, a non-profit, international continuing public education program. Founded in 1972, the program’s goal is to help prevent collisions, deaths and injuries at locations where roadways cross train tracks and on railroad rights-of-way.  

“Railroad safety is a subject that generated quite a few headlines and a good deal of news in this state last year,” Able explains. “Statistics compiled by the Federal Railroad Administration show that a total of five people, not heeding the warning signs at crossings, were killed by trains in Connecticut during 2008.”  

Able added that Operation Lifesaver® is doing its part, too. “When the organization was founded more than 30 years ago, on an average annual basis there were approximately 12,000 collisions between trains and motor vehicles. However, thanks in large part to the efforts of Operation Lifesaver® personnel in getting the word out, a total of 286 highway-rail grade fatalities – an 80 percent decrease – was recorded by the Federal Railroad Administration in 2008.” 

Also continuing this month, Able said, will be the discussion portion of the breakfast roundtable program. Time permitting, each person taking part will be asked to submit a question for discussion and those in the room will be invited to share their opinion regarding the issue.  

Admission to the roundtable is free, but pre-registration is required. To register for the breakfast roundtable or for additional information, please contact Able at (860) 263-6902, or via email at able.john@dol.gov.

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535


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