June 21, 2019: Ohio Is Making Two-Person Crews A Requirement

Ohio is requiring railroads to have a two-person crew as is stated in House Bill 186.
There will be fines incurred by railroads that do not follow this law.
The first violation will be $1,000.00 and up to $10,000.00 for a third violation within three years of the first.
This measure will also require railroads to light rail yards and construct walkways where employees perform switching activities.
Ohio Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-District 46) said that at least 10 states have or are considering minimum two-person crews legislation. It is now before the  Ohio House Transportation and Public Safety Committee. They must approve it before it can move forward to the House floor for a vote.
On May 23, 2019 FRA cancelled its’ April 2014 NPRM to mandate two-person crews on every freight train.

Ohio measure would require two-person crews