January 31, 2021: At approximately 2:00 pm, a 60-year-old male track laborer with 41 years of service was marking ties when a tamper unexpectedly travelled forward and fatally struck the laborer. The tamper operator, with 28 years of service, stated he had to drop the tamping heads to stop the machine.
While this recent tragedy has not yet been analyzed, the FAMES Committee reminds all roadway workers to remain vigilant. Ensure that during the on-track safety briefing, identify if RMMs will be present and take actions to manage any additional risks associated with their presence. Last, but not least, remember to always establish clear communication between Roadway Maintenance Machine operators and workers on the ground and maintain proper clearance.
FAMES Alert — Immediate Posting