safety & compliance

The FAMES Committee (Fatality Analysis of Maintenance-of-Way Employees and Signalmen)

One of the most active initiatives in the railroad industry has been analyzing the issues of roadway worker protection. The FAMES (Fatality Analysis of Maintenance-of-Way Employees and Signalmen) Committee, the industry-wide group that has focused on this important issue, is a voluntary committee of labor, management and government formed to review and analyze Roadway Worker Fatalities.

Following are safety alerts and recommendations put forth by the FAMES Committee:

Click Here to view the video created by Norfolk Southern on behalf of the FAMES committee to address fatal accidents involving boom/crane usage on roadway maintenance machines in conjunction with the FAMES report published in December 2019.

For more information, contact JR Gelnar at or 202-585-3436.


Switching & Operations Fatality Analysis (SOFA) Working Hroup

Together with other industry associations, government agencies and labor bodies, the ASLRRA is engaged in the Switching & Operations Fatality Analysis (SOFA) working group. The goal of SOFA is to identify and eradicate the causes of switching and operations fatalities.

Following are recommendations and the most recent quarterly SOFA reports: