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    Railroad Crossing Safety in Michigan
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    Railroad Crossing Safety in Michigan

    August 21, 2019


    [Train bells and whistle] NARRATOR: With higher speeds coming to Michigan passenger trains, and four major railroads and about 20 shortline railroads currently operating in the state, drivers need to pay close attention when they approach a railroad crossing. Don’t ever take a chance at a railroad crossing. Slow down. Obey the signs and signals. If the lights are flashing and/or the gates are activated, you are required to stop. The lights and gates are there to save your life. State law prohibits a motorist from driving around crossing gates when they are lowered. The consequences can be tragic. JEFF CAMPBELL: “This accident definitely could have been prevented. The fact that the driver tried to cross the tracks is what caused the crash. And that is the easiest way to prevent something like this is to have drivers just exercise some patience.” NARRATOR: Michigan’s 4,800 public train crossings are safe and meet state and federal standards. About half have automatic warning devices, including lights or gates, or both. Flashing lights and gates have been installed on all crossings on the Amtrak-owned line designated for high-speed rail from Kalamazoo west to the state line. So why do 60 percent of the crashes occur at crossings where there are active warning devices? People are in a hurry, or they misjudge the speed of a train. Even if the train engineer sees a car on the track, there’s little they can do. SAM CROWL: “One in particular that I remember was a driver of a car, coming up on the tracks, looking at me, as I made eye contact with him, just before impact. The driver was killed.” NARRATOR: Here are some very important facts about trains – facts that could save your life or the lives of your loved ones. It can take a mile or more for a train going 55 miles per hour to stop, once the emergency brakes are applied. That’s 18 football fields! The train you see is faster-moving and closer than you think. If you see a train approaching, wait for it to go by before you proceed across the tracks. Passenger and freight trains use the same tracks but travel at different speeds. Don’t fool yourself that you can determine the speed of a train. [Train roaring by] Here are more crossing safety tips from Operation Lifesaver: Focus your attention and follow the law. Hang up your phone, remove earphones, turn down music, and don’t text, e-mail, or use social media while driving or walking near tracks. Do not get trapped on the tracks. Proceed through a crossing only if you’re sure you can completely clear it without stopping. Always expect a train at any crossing. Trains can come from either direction, at any time. Look and listen for a train as you approach every crossing and be prepared to stop if needed. Remember, the life you save may be your own. [Train crossing bells]

    Big Bird’s Railroad Safety
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    Big Bird’s Railroad Safety

    August 21, 2019


    Hey Kids! It’s me! Big Bird here in City 17. It’s really important not to play in the rail yard. Standing on the tracks could be really dangerous! You could get hit by a train. Oh, I think I hear one coming now! (Beaten) These are the rules of the railroad.

    Why Switzerland is the Safest Place if WW3 Ever Begins
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    Why Switzerland is the Safest Place if WW3 Ever Begins

    August 20, 2019


    This is a RealLifeLore video, made possible by Hover. Get 10% off your custom domain or email from Hover at hover.com/RealLifeLore Switzerland is a tiny landlocked country surrounded by France, Germany, Italy and Austria. If you’ve ever looked at a map of the European Union you’ll notice an awkward blob in the middle which doesn’t belong to it and that blob is Switzerland. Switzerland is famously neutral and in addition to not being a part of the EU, it’s also not a member of Nato and it didn’t even join the United Nations until pretty recently in 2002. In fact, Switzerland is so neutral that it hasn’t fought a single war in over 200 years. The last one being against Napoleon in 1815. All of this is despite the fact that Switzerland is in the middle of Europe and surrounded by historically more aggressive countries. So why is it that Switzerland has been such a stable and safe place for centuries? The answer lies in understanding the geography of Switzerland. The country can really be divided into three separate parts. In the South are the Swiss Alps. A gigantic mountain range that covers most of Switzerland’s territory and separates it from Italy and Austria. To the West and North are the Jura Mountains a range much smaller than the Alps but still large enough to separate the country from France. And Finally there is the Swiss Plateau. A basin dotted by Rolling hills Rivers and lakes that is home to most of Switzerland’s population. It’s no accident that Switzerland’s major cities are all located in this region instead of the other two. But it’s not as easy of a defensible position either. Switzerland has long been a little paranoid about a foreign invasion and it’s not without good reason. In the first World War Germany invaded neutral Belgium in order to attack France in a more vulnerable position and in the second World War Switzerland found herself in 1940 to be completely surrounded by axis occupied territory and faced an imminent threat of invasion from Nazi Germany. The invasion never happened, but fears persisted into the Cold War of a potential Soviet invasion and that attitude has never fully gone away Switzerland’s plan for dealing with a potential invasion from anybody was called The National Redoubt and it was essentially intended to make any possible enemy look at the map look at Switzerland and think to themselves: “No thanks, I’ll take over something a little easier instead”. The first reason why is Switzerland continues to have mandatory mail conscription meaning that all men have to serve in the military for 170 days and receive basic training. They enter into the reserves afterwards and keep their rifles at their home. And although many get exemptions, Switzerland has the ability to mobilize over 200,000 soldiers within 72 hours of an emergency being declared. In addition, every road, bridge, tunnel and railroad in the country has been designed in a way that they can be remotely blown up to deny a possible invader from ever using them. There are over 3000 of these points that can be blown up inside of the country including entire mountain sides that can be detonated to cause a landslide to block off entire roads. In addition to all of this, the modern Swiss military strategy has always been to abandon the plateau and the city centers and retreat almost the entire military into the alpine region. Here high in the mountains the swiss have built over 26,000 bunkers and fortified positions ranging from anti-tank guns anti-air guns or machine gun nests. They are camouflaged like this anti-tank gun that looks like a rock or this barn that’s actually a machine-gun nest on the left and an anti-tank gun on the right and both of these are connected by a tunnel underground. There are camouflage positions like these all over the alpine region of Switzerland which means that the entire country is basically one big booby trap. An impregnable castle in the center of Europe. This is why Switzerland has been able to remain neutral throughout some of the most difficult times in European history. But many now question the importance of this defensive and neutral mindset. Germany, Austria, Italy and France are today all European Union member states and have no militaristic intentions on conquering Switzerland. The National Redoubt has seen many of its fortresses and bunkers turned into museums in the last Few years and Switzerland is planning on downsizing its military from around 200,000 to only 80,000 by the year 2020. But nonetheless, one place that Switzerland will always be is the safest place in the world to possibly be at in the event of a global nuclear war. This is because Switzerland is the only country in the World to have enough nuclear fallout shelters to house their entire population. In fact, Switzerland has enough fallout shelters to house 114% of their population. Meaning that even in the event of a large refugee influx the country would still have enough shelters to fit everybody inside of them. All residential buildings inside of the country built after 1978 are mandated by law to contain a nuclear shelter capable of surviving a 12 megaton blast from a distance of 700 meters away. As of 2006, there are over 8.6 million fallout shelters located throughout the country ranging in sizes like this in a normal house, up to gigantic public shelters built inside of tunnels that can house over 2,000 people for over four months. In the event of a nuclear attack on Switzerland it is possible that the entire population of the country could retreat to their bunkers and continue fighting off any invader after the bombs have exploded. Not even nuclear weapons can conquer the fortress of Switzerland and it has been said before that in the event of a global nuclear war the only survivors would be the heads of state of a few countries, cockroaches and 8.4 million Swiss citizens. If a nuclear war ever does happen, then the swiss have enough bunkers for not only them but a few friends to survive it all through with. So remember this when it may become important later. Switzerland is likely the safest place you could possibly be during the event of a nuclear war or World War 3. Before you start making plans to visit though It would be nice to let other people know about what you just learned. 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    Drum Explodes During Welding, Killing Worker
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    Drum Explodes During Welding, Killing Worker

    August 18, 2019


    It doesn’t take much. Only about a tablespoon of acetone evaporated inside a 44-gallon drum creates enough vapour to make it explosive. At this kayak manufacturing shop, welding on an empty acetone drum cost a fibreglass worker his life. This is what happened. A worker wanted to make a shop cart from this
    empty acetone drum. The fibreglass worker offered to weld casters
    onto the drum for him. To prepare the drum for welding, the worker rinsed out the drum with water and turned it upside down to drain. He replaced the lid’s bung caps, then used
    a grinder to clean four areas for the welds. The fibreglass worker started to weld, but
    had trouble. He asked the shop’s owner to check the
    welder’s settings. The owner performed a test weld on the lid. He adjusted the welder’s settings, and gave
    the welding gun back. The fibreglass worker then attempted to weld on a caster by making a tack weld. As he began a second weld, the welding arc burned through the lid. Acetone vapour inside the drum ignited, exploding and throwing the worker across the room. He would later die from his injuries. Lab testing of the fluid remaining in the
    drum showed that the drum, even though it had been rinsed, contained enough residual acetone to become explosive. Choosing to reuse a drum that once held flammable substances can be a big mistake. Time and again workers have welded or used torches to cut drums, often with lethal consequences. Welding, cutting, and grinding are
    examples of hot work – work that
    can initiate fires or explosions. If you can, avoid hot work on drums. If you must go ahead: Do a risk assessment to identify any potential dangers. With the acetone drum, this would have included checking the precautions in the MSDS for acetone. The MSDS, as well as a label on the drum, warned against welding on or near the drum. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for
    flammable substances. Don’t weld or do any other hot work if the
    instructions say not to. If the instructions allow hot work, set up
    safe work procedures such as how to clean the drum and how to test for residues. Train and supervise workers in the procedures,
    so that they know the risks and the precautions. Learn from the tragedy that occurred in this workplace. Before welding, cutting, or grinding on a drum, know what’s been inside it and whether it’s a danger.

    Sen. Baldwin announces railroad crossing safety upgrades
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    Sen. Baldwin announces railroad crossing safety upgrades

    August 18, 2019


    WEATHERWATCH 12 FORECAST. SHELDON: THANKS A LOT, CHRIS. PEDESTRIAN AND RAILROAD CROSSINGS IN SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN ARE ABOUT TO GET SAFER. U.S. SENATOR TAMMY BALDWIN AND THE HEAD OF THE FEDERAL RAILRO ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED THAT A $3 MILLION GRANT WILL BE USED TO IMPROVE SAFETY AT CROSSINGS IN WAUKESHA COUNTY. CREWS WILL ADD MORE LIGHTS AND GATES AT 10:00 CROSSINGS ALONG A 10-MILE STRETCH. THERE WILL ALSO BE A PEDESTRIA PATH AND CROSSING. RAIL CROSSINGS THAT ALREADY HAVE TWO GATES WILL GET TWO MORE TO INCREASE SAFETY. SARAH FEINBERG: SO THIS GRANT WILL GO A LONG WAY TO EQUI CROSSINGS TO PREVENT VEHICLES FROM TRYING TO MAKE IT INTO THE PATH OF A TRAIN, ESPECIALLY TRAINS TRANSPORTING CRUDE OIL, AND IT MOVES US CLOSER TO ACHIEVING THE GOAL REDUCING FATALITIES AT RAILROAD CROSSINGS. SHELDO AFTER THIS MORNING’S ANNOUNCEMENT IN PEWAUKEE, RAILROAD ADMINISTRATOR SARAH FEINBERG AND SENATOR BALDW WALKED TO THE OAKTON AVENUE RAILROAD AS A TRAIN CAME THROUGH.

    Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators
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    Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators

    August 17, 2019


    No matter how sophisticated modern rail travel
    can be…the trains still run on rails. So there are still jobs for rail track layers,
    just as there were in the early days when the railroads opened up America’s west.
    They go wherever on the system they’re needed, from the rail yard…to an underground tunnel
    down the line. The rails may also be in plant yards, quarries, sand and gravel pits and
    mines. This is an entry-level job in the railroad system, with no previous work-related skill
    required. Usually a high school diploma, physical strength, coordination and a good sense of
    responsibility will get you started. Workers with low seniority can expect night and weekend
    shifts. Sometimes you’re exposed to rain, wind and snow. And overtime might be required,
    especially during emergencies. After all, you’re a part of the nation’s rail system;
    the safety of passengers and the transport of goods rely on your careful, constant work.

    Railroad Trespassing – Find a Different Way: Cody Paugel’s Story
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    Railroad Trespassing – Find a Different Way: Cody Paugel’s Story

    August 15, 2019


    It was October 12th, 2012. I was 16 years old. I was walking on the tracks. I had headphones in, music blaring, walking
    the same way I do every single day. I heard a noise in the background and I turned
    around and I saw the Amtrak train right behind me. All I could think of doing at that point was
    just jump, try to get away from it, and unfortunately it still got me. I remember seeing my shoe fly off and then
    hitting the ground. You know when I got to the hospital I was
    in pretty rough shape. The initial impact broke my pelvis, my hip,
    four cracked ribs. I remember waking up, my leg was in traction. All in all, I had 31 surgeries, a lot of physical
    therapy. I had to relearn how to walk, how to use the
    bathroom, but I did survive. I was lucky. It doesn’t always happen that way. All in all, I just wasn’t thinking about what
    I was doing. Don’t go on the train tracks. Don’t take that shortcut. There’s different ways to get to where you
    need to go.

    Montana Rail Link receives $3.5M federal railroad safety grant
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    Montana Rail Link receives $3.5M federal railroad safety grant

    August 15, 2019


    Montana rail link gets ready to invest millions into new technology and safety modifications in the coming year federal grant will also help in that mission Montana Rail Link recently learned it will receive a three point five million dollar grant to supplement the installation of positive train control Montana sits investing ninety five million dollars in the coming years positive train control can overpower a train remotely and even stop it automatically before a crash happens adding a layer of safety for crews all right it is time

    Wolfpack Wood Recycling:  From Crisis to Clean-up at the Oroville Dam (Morbark Owner)
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    Wolfpack Wood Recycling: From Crisis to Clean-up at the Oroville Dam (Morbark Owner)

    August 15, 2019


    My name is Tim Dempewolf and I own Wolfpack Wood Recycling I’m working on a site here in the
    foothills out of Oroville California. I’m under Syblon and Reid company and
    they’re working under Department of Water Resources. It was kind of a hurry up emergency to
    get people in here to get the trees out. They were worried at the time that if
    the water come over the spillway that it would wash all the trees down into the
    river and they didn’t want that to happen. When they said it was gonna come
    over the spillway the next morning it was … “Get my stuff out first!” It was a lot of people trying to move pretty quick, getting everybody out of harm’s way. Now it’s just trying to get everything in order to so they can start fixing the dam. At this point I started out clearing, like I said, under the emergency overflow. Then I went down and was chipping trees and brush where they were taken to make room to put stockpiles for the dirt they were taken out of the river. Now at this point I’m clearing under power lines that they had to move and reposition. I started my business in 2007. Most of the time I do subdivisions and orchard removals by myself, or my wife and I have. I have Buck and Hunter. They’re my little buddies. I’m trying to teach them how to run the grinder and excavator. My equipment — I’ve got a 320 CAT
    excavator and a Morbark 4600XL on tracks. I’ll be honest with you. I wouldn’t buy
    a grinder unless it was on tracks. A lot of the work that I do is on hills
    and steep ground. I purchased the Morbark equipment because they’ve always had a pretty good name, and I’ve had nothing but good luck with
    Morbark grinders. At one point when I started grinding I
    would get my wear parts from a different company because of pricing but now Morbark is getting their prices more comparable and their tips are getting better. At this point I think I am going to stick with Morbark parts. I was doing a project last summer out of Auburn California on a railroad job, and I hit some parts that come out of the
    railroad tracks. I’ve tore up some stuff hitting steel, but I never really have completely damaged the machine. When I hear the words “Morbark Strong” it means to me that you’re gonna have something that’s dependable and will hold up. It’s quite a project here. A few people, if I go into a restaurant or something they’ll see me dirty and ask me what I’m doing, I’ll tell them I’m working on the Oroville dam. They’re pretty appreciative of everyone doing their job up here.

    Wauwatosa officials looking at railroad crossing safety
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    Wauwatosa officials looking at railroad crossing safety

    August 13, 2019


    WISN 12 NEWS TIME IS 6:04. BACK TO YOU. SOUNDING THE ALARM ABOUT SAFETY AT ONE OF THE STATE’S BUSIEST RAILROAD CROSSINGS. THESE TRACKS MIGHT LOOK FAMILIAR TO YOU. IT’S THE CROSSING NEAR 68TH AND STATE, IN WAUWATOSA. OFFICIALS ARE LOOKING AT OPTIONS FOR HOW TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE, AFTER ANOTHER DEATH ON THE TRACKS. RIGHT NOW, TRAINS IN WAUWATOSA ARE NOT REQUIRED TO SOUND THEIR HORNS UNLESS THERE’S AN EMERGENCY. THE CITY SAYS THE QUIET ZONE WILL BE REVIEWED IF ANY FORMAL COMPLAINTS OF SAFETY CONCERNS