Learn about the MMA Locomotive defect that set the stage for the Lac-Mégantic wreck

Post by Jon Flanders, retired rail machinist. “Non standard repair” of the broken out bore housing the cam bearing of the Lac-Mégantic locomotive that caught fire and led to the disaster is the understatement of the century. Take a good look at what the capitalist profits above all mentality looks…

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More Fallout from the Lac-Mégantic Investigation

Irving Oil pleads guilty, fined after probe into 2013 Lac Megantic disaster THE CANADIAN PRESS Published October 26, 2017 – 5:10pm Last Updated October 26, 2017 – 5:55pm SAINT JOHN, N.B. — Irving Oil has been ordered to pay $4 million after pleading guilty to 34 counts stemming from the investigation into the 2013…

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Witness testifies that there were problems with all MMA locomotives but nothing was ever done about it.

Accused engineer Tom Harding wasn’t told of problem with locomotive, Lac-Mégantic trial hears ‘Could I have done something more?’ witness François Daigle says he still asks himself By Alison Brunette, CBC News Posted: Oct 24, 2017 5:37 PM ET Last Updated: Oct 24, 2017 5:37 PM ET Former MMA locomotive engineer testified that he…

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MMA Management knew about weight and equipment defect problems and didn’t care

MMA train that derailed and exploded at Lac-Mégantic nearly 3,000 tonnes too heavy, trial hears Former locomotive engineer François Daigle told jury he wasn’t allowed to refuse to move overweight train By Alison Brunette, CBC News Posted: Oct 23, 2017 2:40 PM ET Last Updated: Oct 23, 2017 3:23 PM ET Former MMA engineer…

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MMA officer testifies to great increase in risky operations

Railway safety regulations called into question at Lac-Mégantic trial MMA sent nearly twice as many convoys of crude oil through region in months before disaster, court hears By Alison Brunette, CBC News Posted: Oct 16, 2017 6:19 PM ET Last Updated: Oct 16, 2017 6:19 PM ET Michael Horan, the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic…

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New stakes in the Lac-Mégantic frame up trial

The crucial importance of the Lac-Mégantic rail worker trial now underway is increased. If Harding and Labrie are convicted, it will be seen and used by the rail industry in North America as vindication of their risky practices in handling cargoes like the one in the Lac-Mégantic wreck.  They will…

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MMA Manager testifies to lack of safety culture by policy

Damning details about callous decisions come out.  Employees were left basically on their own.  Readily available safety measures were avoided by policy. Testimony to follow will show that the failure by MMA to address increased length and weight of the volatile oil trains made the existing 9 hand brake requirement…

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Accountability Foreclosed, Justice Denied

The Lac-Mégantic Disaster: Accountability Foreclosed, Justice Denied Bruce Campbell The trial of the three front-line workers charged with criminal negligence causing death in the Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster, has now begun in a Sherbrooke, Québec courtroom. If found guilty, they could face life in prison. The defunct company, MMA, faces…

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MMA shown to have applied risky pressure on Harding and others

 TVA Nouvelles Harding had already been criticized for applying too many brakes Caroline Lepage | QMI Agency | Published on 5 octobre 2017 à 17:02 October 5, 2017 at 17:02 – Update le 5 octobre 2017 à 17:06 October 5, 2017 at 17:06  AUDRÉ KIEFFER / QMI AGENCY Thomas Harding had been criticized in the…

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