Safety Task Force
BLET Safety Task Force
The BLET became the first labor union in the railroad industry to establish a formal accident investigation team when it created the Safety Task Force in 1989.
The STF assists the National Transportation Safety Board (“NTSB”) in the investigation of rail accidents, helping to determine probable cause, contributing factors and making safety recommendations to NTSB, regulators and the railroads. The STF is typically granted Party Status by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to assist with accident investigations, depending on the type and severity of the accident.
The STF participates in accident investigations providing subject matter expertise from the viewpoint of locomotive engineers and trainmen to help determine how the accident occurred and how to prevent similar accidents from happening in the future.