BNSF Railway Employee Fatality

What Happened

On April 7, 2021, about 3:25 p.m. local time, a conductor of BNSF Railway Local 8371 was killed while dropping off and picking up railcars near the Dyno Nobel, Inc. industrial facility in Louisiana, Missouri. Immediately before the accident, event recorder data indicated the engineer was moving the train southeast on Dyno Nobel industrial track at a speed less than 9 mph with the conductor controlling a shoving movement (by radio communication with the engineer) from the ground. There were no witnesses, and surveillance video recordings from the facility did not capture the accident. ​​

What We Found

​The probable cause of the April 7, 2021, fatality of a BNSF Railway conductor was a result of being impacted by the moving railcars during a shoving movement while located in an area with insufficient walking space available for the employee to perform​ trackside duties.  ​​