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RAILROAD SAFETY

    THE CHALLENGE: MERGE TWO CORPORATE CULTURES  

SAFETY is a daily challenge for the rail industry and professional railroaders. Film crews, unfamiliar with the railroad workplace, will face an even greater challenge.


    THE PRODUCTION    

Productions are highly creative endeavors, quickly organized and speedily completed.

Detailed work plans change in response to collective creative genius, and filming schedules thusly are often revised. The unfamiliar workplace combined with everyone's attraction to trains combine to produce the subtle, but ever-lurking danger. Danger can result in injuries; production interruptions; loss of carrier goodwill; cancellations; and/or permanent loss of production access.

    THE RAILROAD   

Railroad companies, on the other hand, must focus on operating the same way, day after day. Abrupt schedule changes are avoided. They are a production company's near polar opposite.

Due to inherent risks, railroad work must be thoughtfully and carefully performed. Extensive safety rules and federal regulations cover every task. New railroad employees undergo comprehensive safety training. And there are daily safety rule and procedure reviews for all employees.

Accordingly, railroad company safety rules are very proactive. Rule books contain broad admonitions such as:

When in doubt, the safe course must be taken.

No task is so urgent and no work so important that time cannot be taken to perform the task or work safely.

Railroads are unable to repeal basic laws of physics such as gravity and inertia which come into play in all accidents. These two physical laws work in concert with railroad equipment weight and mass to create events with high probabilities of major injury, death, and/or serious property damage.

Safety concerns are a major reason the railroad industry is generally not anxious to cooperate with productions. Railroad managers and company lawyers know there is a recipe for trouble in a production's frequently revised work plans; crews unfamiliar with or unimpressed by potential rail hazards; and a double-time pace particularly near the end of the day. These production work practices are diametrically opposed to railroad work practices. (They also regard productions as an unnecessary diversion that can disrupt train operations and customer goodwill long after the departure of the production crew.)

RTMS has the production industry's ONLY PERFECT SAFETY RECORD, with more than 100,000 accident/injury free man-hours worked by production crew members on railroad locations and sets. The record results in part from the robust railroad-style safety programs RTMS installs on all projects. RTMS safety programs allow productions to follow all Railroad Company safety rules and applicable Federal Regulations while concurrently attaining scenes with high on-screen production values. 

Every RTMS RAILSMART project has developed key personnel from both industries who understood the cultural differences; agreed to compromises; and then stepped out smartly to attain a common goal. Rail Transportation Management Specialists is very proud of the firm's successes in bringing the rail and production industries harmoniously together. Creating this spirit of teamwork, understanding, and cooperation is perhaps our crowning achievement.

The images captured on film are credits to skilled railroaders and creative production professionals.

We look forward to serving your production, creatively and safely.

Alabama House and Senate Honor RTMS
Rail and Film Production Safety Milestone

Rail Transportation Management Specialists, Inc. (RTMS) recently was recognized by the Alabama legislature for its perfect 23-year production services safety record. In mid-March, while working on the Leatherheads feature film on  Norfolk Southern property in North Carolina , RTMS personnel marked its 100,000th man hour of supervising accident- and injury-free work by production crews on railroad trains and properties. This unblemished record is unequalled in the film+railroad industry.

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Alabama Senate
Resolution No. 07-190
Alabama House
Resolution HR534

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