It has been one month since the tragedy in Lac-Megantic, Que., that took the lives of 47 people.
A train derailed and exploded. Investigations are still ongoing to determine the exact cause of the accident, and CP Rail is keeping a close eye on their operations and making sure their safety policies are up to date.
“The safe operation of Canadian Pacific and ensuring the safety of our employees and the communities through which we operate, like Golden, remains the focus for CP, and this will never change,” said Ed Greenberg, spokesperson for CP Rail.
Since the derailment in Quebec, CP has revisited their rules and regulations.
“The recent situation gave us a chance to thoroughly review our safety procedures, as we do on an ongoing basis. The result was that on July 12, we strengthened our operating procedures in some key areas that were identified from what occurred.”
Given the potential destruction, the rail industry is heavily regulated. CP employees have a set of General Operating Instructions that outline specific procedures to ensure the safe operation of their equipment. Their strengthened procedures are an enhancement of the General Operation Instructions.
The main revisions to the policy are:
-If it is necessary to leave a train unattended outside a terminal or yard, the locomotive will now be locked. This occurred already in some high-risk locations, but it will now be formally applied across the network. CP does not operate with one-person crews.
-They have strengthened train brake-setting procedures, which meet or exceed all regulations regarding brake setting.
-Going forward, all trains with tank cars containing regulated commodities will not be left unattended on main line tracks.
“For CP we felt implementing additional safety measures at this time was a prudent step to take,” said Greenberg.
“Our railway continually reviews practices and procedures to identify ways to further strengthen operating safety. CP continues to meet or exceed all federal operating and safety regulations and rules.”