Safety and Security

NTSB’s Lynchburg findings: What we learned

This week, the National Transportation Safety Board released its findings into the oil train derailment and fire that caused $1.2 million in damage in Lynchburg, Virginia almost two years ago on April 30, 2014 – and concluded that a broken rail was...

/ March 3, 2016

FAA Reauthorization Takes Flight – Includes Buzzworthy Drone Language

Drones are cutting edge technology that have received an uptick in attention over the last couple of years—gaining notoriety despite their beneficial commercial and recreational uses. The occasional unauthorized flight over secure areas can cause a heightened sense of alert,...

/ February 23, 2016

Cybersecurity: Affecting organizations both large and small

A news item came to light this week, but seemed to be noticed mainly by those in cybersecurity. The IT system of the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in California was being held for ransom, and the hospital paid the $17,000 ransom this...

/ February 18, 2016

Combating derailments: FRA on the right track

When 27 tank cars carrying crude oil derailed in Mount Carbon, West Virginia, in February this year, much of the talk that followed focused on the wisdom of carrying crude by rail – and little analysis about why the train...

/ October 15, 2015