Role in This Project:
In concert with our teaming partner, K & J performed a work place OSHA Hazard assessment of Amtrak’s largest overhaul facility at Beech Grove Indiana. The assessment included evaluating employee work activities for hazards associates with Hot Work and Fall Protection as well as a Safety Culture evaluation.
K & J performed a review of Amtrak’s 49 CFR Part 225 incident reporting practices. K & J sorted through several thousand reports which were statistically reduced to a defendable population. This final pool of several hundred reports was then meticulously reviewed to verify that all FRA reporting criteria was being met. K & J produced a final reports with recommendations were improvements could be made as well as identify where area of non-compliance were identified.
K&J continued its relationship with STV and Amtrak throughout 2018 conducting additional Occupational Safety Assessments (OSA) at Amtrak’s maintenance facilities throughout the country.
1: Occupational Safety Assessment (OSA) at the Beech Grove Heavy Repair facility in Beech Grove, IN.
K&J Safety and Security Consulting Services, Inc., partnered as a sub-contractor with STV to conduct an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) style assessment for the Beech Grove Heavy Repair facility. The K&J team considered the applicable standards codified in 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1910 – General Industry as applicable to the Shop operations. The purpose of this Occupational Safety Assessment (OSA) was to provide a systematic and, wherever possible, independent examination to determine whether Amtrak occupational work activities and related labor activities conform to the applicable Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Standards and are suitable to achieve the organization’s safety policies and objectives.
The Beech Grove Shops, located in Beach Grove, Indiana, under Amtrak’s Mechanical Department, serves as Amtrak’s main car wreck repair and overhaul facility. Activities at the site include those typical of a “heavy” industrial site, and includes car body and engine repairs, modifications, overhauls, and periodic maintenance. All components of railcars and engines are worked on at this site.
The site covers 100+ acres with approximately 500 employees working on 3 shifts and includes over 20 separate buildings.
2: Performed an FRA 225 assessment (incident investigation reporting) to determine and prepare Amtrak for their next FRA 225 audit. This assessment included physically reviewing over 3000 incident reports and generating a report verifying level of compliance with FRA report coding. Additionally, K&J provided recommendations as to commonality of reporting errors as well as additional areas of improvement that could be implemented.