Railroad Investigation

What is railroad accident investigation?

The nature and severity of incidents that occur on railroad property can be determined by combining specialized railroad expertise with engineering, biomechanics, and/or human factors. This often requires specialized knowledge of rail equipment, tools, locomotive event data recorders, on board surveillance footage, job duties, railroad parlance, etc.

How does it apply to forensic investigation and analysis? 

There are often questions regarding if, how, or why injuries occur on railroad property. In some instances, these questions include whether the use of alternative tools, equipment, or methods could have altered a specific outcome. Our engineers and scientists apply specialized railroad expertise in combination with engineering, biomechanics, and/or human factors to answer these questions.  Although our engineers have never been employed by a railroad, they have performed many of the required tasks associated with maintenance of way and transportation activities, which provide a unique expertise and perspective pertaining to the required job duties of many railroad employees.

What experience does Explico have in this area? 

The senior level engineers and scientists have over 40 years of combined experience working with railroads and around railroads to investigate accidents and workplace safety and regularly testify in both state and federal courts. 

Areas of Investigation:

  • Trespasser or employee amputations / fatalities
  • Pedestrian collisions
  • Workplace safety
  • Whole body vibration
  • Rough ride evaluation
  • Job task analysis
  • Walking on ballast
  • Entraining and detraining moving equipment
  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Crossing accidents
  • Safety appliance failures
  • Locomotive and rail equipment collisions / hard couplings
  • Visual and auditory warning systems
  • Visibility and conspicuity
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