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25/06/2009

Accident Similar to Washington Metro is about to happen in Mumbai.

Similar accident is about to happen in Mumbai.

letter already send to President Of India & Railway Board By Motorman 463 of central Railways.

Washington DC subway crash: authorities 'warned over trains three years ago'

The train that plowed into another, killing nine people and injuring scores of others in the worst ever metro accident in Washington DC, had been identified as unsafe, it emerged on Tuesday.

Investigators and officials look over the collision scene of two Metro transit trains in Northeast Washington Photo: AP

Washington's Metrorail transit system kept the old trains running despite warnings in 2006 from the United States government's National Transportation Safety Board that they should be phased out or modified to make them safer.

A spokesman for the NTSB said it was "unacceptable" that neither was done. The "Washington Post" reported that the train was two months overdue for work on its brakes.

The collision happened at rush-hour on Wednesday evening when the train crashed into the back of a stationary train in the Washington suburbs, on the red line close to the Maryland border. Nine people were killed, including the driver of the moving train, and at least 76 were injured.

Investigators expect to recover recorders from the train that was hit but the moving train was not equipped with the devices.

John Catoe, general manager of Metrorail, said the agency expected to receive proposals "over the next month or so" to replace the old trains but it would be years before the new ones could be used.

The dead driver was as Jeanice McMillan. She was hired in March 2007 as a bus driver and became a train driver in December. There are computerised systems on most trains, designed to control braking, speed and to prevent collisions.

Two men and seven women were killed. As well as the driver, four other victims were named: "Lavonda King, 23, Dennis Hawkins, 64, Mary Doolittle, 59, and Anna Fernandez, 40.

Ernice Beasley told the "Washington Post" that her daughter Lanice, 14, had watched a passenger die beside her.

"She keeps saying there was a lady sitting beside her on the train and the stuff falling down cut the lady's chest open," she said. "The lady kept saying, 'I think I'm going to die. I think I'm going to die.' And then she died before her eyes."

Lanice Beasley's leg was cut to the bone and staples were put in her head during surgery. "Her boyfriend put his body over her head, but couldn't cover her leg too, that's why it got so cut up," her mother said.

Action from Railway Board New Delhi Required.

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PME Due Date

Master Circular No. 25



Copy of Railway Board’s letter No. 69/H/3/11 dated 06.12.1974



Subject: Implementation of the Recommendations of the Visual Sub-Committee.



6. Periodical re-examination of serving Railway Employees:



6.l. In order to ensure the continued ability of Railway employees in Classes A l, A 2, A 3, B l and B 2 to discharge their duties with safety, they will be required to appear for re-examination at the following stated intervals throughout their service as indicated below:



6.1.1. Classes A l, A 2 and A 3 —At the termination of every period of three years, calculated from the date of appointment until they attain the age of 45 years, and thereafter annually until the conclusion of their service.



Note: (l) The staff in categories A l, A 2 and A 3 should be sent for special medical examination in the interest of safety under the following circumstances unless they have been under the treatment of a Railway Medical Officer.



(a) Having undergone any treatment or operation for eye trouble irrespective of the duration of sickness.



(b) Absence from duty for a period in excess of 90 days.



(2) If any employee in medical category A has been periodically medically examined at any time within one year prior to his attaining the age of 45, his next medical examination should be held one year from the due date of the last medical examination and subsequent medical examination annually thereafter.



If, however, such an employee has been medically examined, at any time earlier, than one year prior to his attaining the age of 45, his next medical examination should be held on the date he attains the age of 45 and subsequent medical examination annually thereafter.




Ammendment: It was ammended in 1993 as below



Age Group PME Due



Age 00-45 every 4yrs



Age 45-55 every 2yrs



Age 55-60 every year
Details:-
As per Rly Bd's Guideline of Medical Exam issued vide LNo. 88/H/5/12 dated 24-01-1993

a) PME would be done at the termination of every period of 4 years from date of appointment / Initial medical Exam till the date of attainment of age of 45 years, every 2 years upto 55 years & there after annual till retirement.
b) Employees who has been periodically examined at any time within 2years prior to his attaining the age of 45years would be examined after 2years from the date of last PME & subsequent PME for every 2years upto 55years age.Of

NRMU 4 you
SMLokhande





6.1.2. Classes B-1 and B-2—On attaining the age of 45 years, and thereafter at the termination of every period of five years.