A deadly California train collision has again shined a spotlight on the dangers of inappropriate use of handheld texting devices.
While the National Transportation Safety Board continues to investigate what caused a September accident in which a Los Angeles Metrolink commuter train plowed head-on into a Union Pacific freight locomotive, preliminary reports indicate the Metrolink engineer may have been distracted by sending a text message in the seconds preceding the crash. The commuter train blew through a red “stop” signal just before smashing into the freight locomotive.
The collision killed 25 passengers and injured 135.
Three times the peril
The accident is a powerful reminder that employers must restrict texting (and talking on cell phones) while employees on duty drive vehicles or operate dangerous equipment.
The best way to do so: Make restrictions a matter of company policy.
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