Charges Dropped Against Railroad for Lac Mégantic Catastrophe

Criminal charges have been dropped against Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway (MMA), according to Quebec’s Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP), for causing the deaths of 47 people when 73 cars of highly combustible crude oil derailed in the small Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic in 2013 turning the downtown into a raging inferno. For those of you who…

LATE BREAKING: Lac Mégantic Rail Workers Acquitted

A jury has acquitted all three rail workers charged with criminal negligence causing death of 47 persons in the 2013 Lac-Mégantic rail disaster. For those of you who may not have been following this story, Montreal, Maine and Atlantic (MMA) locomotive engineer Tom Harding, 56, rail traffic controller Richard Labrie, 59, and operations manager Jean Demaître,…

Chemical Release Caused by Workers’ Mistakes? CSB Says No.

Seems like no matter how well a government report describes, some reporters persist in blaming workers’ “mistakes” and “gaffes” for chemical releases and other incidents. Last week, the Chemical Safety Board released a final report on a major chemical release at MGPI Processing Inc., in Atchison Kansas in October 2016,  due to the inadvertent mixing…

“Perfect Storm” of Sub-Standard Company Practices Led to Disaster: Lac Mégantic Trial Goes To Jury

After a 3 month-long trial, jurors are finally deliberating on the fate of three rail workers accused of criminal neglegence when a “bomb train” carrying 73 cars of highly combustible crude oil derailed in the small Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic in 2013, killing 47 people. Three former employees of the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway (MMA), Thomas Harding,…

Solving the Problem of Worker Fatigue: Blame the Worker?

Sometimes you read stupid stuff and you just want to go back to bed and sleep, sleep, sleep. And speaking of sleep, Business Insurance has an article this week about the “one of the most frequently overlooked but critical questions to answer in employer safety programs.” The question: how much sleep are employees getting? The…

Lac-Mégantic Trial Moves Forward

The trial of three rail employees blamed for the deaths of 47 people when a train carrying 73 cars of highly combustible crude oil derailed in the small Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic is in its second week. Three former employees of the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway (MMA), Thomas Harding, 56, Richard Labrie, 59, and Jean Demaitre, 53, are being tried on 47…