BNSF railroad worker died after falling from locomotive in Denver yard, report says

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Investigators say a railroad worker who died in an accident at the BNSF Globeville Yard in Denver fell from a locomotive while changing freight cars.

The crash happened at 10:57 a.m. Feb. 9, and the worker who died was described as a remote control operator helper (RCO), according to a preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report released Tuesday.

The worker was identified by the Denver Medical Examiner’s Office as 40-year-old Jeffrey Jones.

The worker (Jones) used an Operator Control Unit (OCU) to move the locomotives and freight cars forward so that he could climb the front stairs of the locomotive, according to NTSB report.

“After the RCO helper climbed the locomotive stairs to the front center platform, the equipment began to move and it fell from the front of the locomotive,” the report said.

The NTSB investigation is ongoing.

“Future investigative activities will focus on railway operating rules, the mechanical condition of the train, and internal and external monitoring of BNSF’s operational and testing program,” according to the preliminary report.

Data from the locomotive’s image recorder was sent to an NTSB laboratory in Washington, DC, for further evaluation.​​

The preliminary report’s findings may contain errors and are subject to change in a final report, the NTSB said.

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