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or injury to any person or damage to equipment or roadbed, arising from the operation of such railroad, which report shall state the nature and causes thereof and the circumstances connected therewith: Provided, That hereafter all said carriers shall be relieved from the duty of reporting accidents in their annual financial and operating reports made to the Interstate Commerce Commission. As amended Sept. 13, 1960, Pub.L. 86-762, § 1, 74 Stat. 903. $ 39. Penalty for failure to make report
Any common carrier failing to make the report provided for in section 38 of this title within thirty days after the end of any month shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof by a court of competent jurisdiction shall be punished by a fine of not more than $100 for each and every offense and for every day during which it shall fail to make such report after the time herein specified for making the same. May 6, 1910, c. 208, § 2, 36 Stat. 351. $ 40. Investigation by commission of accidents; cooperation with
State commissions; reports of investigations The Interstate Commerce Commission shall have authority to investigate all collisions, derailments, or other accidents resulting in serious injury to person or to the property of a railroad occurring on the line of any common carrier engaged in interstate or foreign commerce by railroad. The commission, or any impartial investigator thereunto authorized by said commission, shall have authority to investigate such collisions, derailments, or other accidents aforesaid, and all the attending facts, conditions, and circumstances, and for that purpose may subpena witnesses, administer oaths, take testimony, and require the production of books, papers, orders, memoranda, exhibits, and other evidence, and shall be provided by said carriers with all reasonable facilities: Provided, That when such accident is investigated by a commission of the State in which it occurred, the Interstate Commerce Commission shall, if convenient, make any investigation it may have previously determined upon, at the same time as, and in connection with, the State commission investigation. Said commission shall, when it deems it to the public interest, make reports of such investigations, stating the cause of accident, together with such recommendations as it deems proper. Such reports shall be made public in such manner as the commission deems proper. May 6, 1910, c. 208, § 3, 36 Stat. 351. 8 41. Reports not evidence in suits for damages
Neither the report required by section 38 of this title nor any report of the investigation provided for in section 40 of this title nor any part thereof shall be admitted as evidence or used for any purpose in any suit or action for damages growing out of any matter mentioned in said report or investigation. May 6, 1910, c. 208, § 4, 36 Stat. 351. § 42. Rules and regulations; form of reports
The Secretary of Transportation is authorized to prescribe such rules and regulations and such forms for making the reports hereinbefore provided as are necessary to implement and effectuate the purposes of sections 38-43 of this title. As amended Sept. 13, 1960, Pub.L. 86-762, § 2, 74 Stat. 904.
HOURS OF SERVICE ACT
AN ACT To promote the safety of employees and travelers upon railroads by
limiting the hours of service of employees thereon. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That (a) this Act shall apply to any common carrier or carriers, their officers, agents, and employees, engaged in the transportation of passengers or property by railroad in the District of Columbia or any territory of the United States, or from one State or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia to any other State or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia, or from any place in the United States to an adjacent foreign country, or from any place in the United States through a foreign country to any other place in the United States.
(b) For the purposes of this Act
(1) The term "railroad” includes all bridges and ferries used or operated in connection with any railroad, and also all the road in use by any common carrier operating a railroad, whether owned or operated under a contract, agreement, or lease.
(2) The term "employee" means an individual actually engaged in or connected with the movement of any train, including hostlers.
(3) Time on duty shall commence when an employee reports for duty and terminate when the employee is finally released from duty, and shall include:
(A) Interim periods available for rest at other than a designated terminal;
(B) Interim periods available for less than four hours rest at a designated terminal;
(C) Time spent in deadhead transportation by an employee to a duty assignment: Provided, That time spent in deadhead transportation by an employee from duty to his point of final release shall not be counted in computing time off duty;
(D) The time an employee is actually engaged in or connected with the movement of any train; and
(E) Such period of time as is otherwise provided by this Act. Sec. 2. (a) It shall be unlawful for any common carrier, its officers or agents, subject to this Act
(1) to require or permit an employee, in case such employee shall have been continuously on duty for fourteen hours, to continue on duty or to go on duty until he has had at least ten consecutive hours off duty, except that, effective upon the expiration of the two-year period beginning on the effective date of this paragraph, such fourteen-hour duty period shall be reduced to twelve hours;
(2) to require or permit an employee to continue on duty or to go on duty when he has not had at least eight consecutive hours off duty during the preceding twenty-four hours;
(3) to provide sleeping quarters for employees (including crew quarters, camp or bunk cars, and trailers) which do not afford such employees an opportunity for rest, free from interruptions caused by noise under the control of the railroad, in clean, safe, and sanitary quarters; or
(4) to begin construction or reconstruction of any sleeping quarters referred to in paragraph (3), on or after the date of enactment of this paragraph, within or in the immediate vicinity (as determined in accordance with rules prescribed by the Secretary) of any area where railroad switching or humping operations are performed. (b) In determining, for the purposes of subsection (a), the number of hours an employee is on duty,
there shall be counted, in addition to the time such employee is actually engaged in or connected with the movement of any train, all time on duty in other service performed for the common carrier during the twenty-four-hour period involved.
(c) Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section, the crew of a wreck or relief train may be permitted to be or remain on duty for not to exceed 4 additional hours in any period of 24 consecutive hours whenever an actual emergency exists and work of the crew is related to such emergency. For purposes of this subsection, an emergency ceases to exist when the track is cleared and the line is open for traffic.
(d) The provisions of this section shall not apply to an employee during such period of time as the provisions of section 3 apply to his duty and off-duty periods.
SEC. 3. (a) No operator, train dispatcher, or other employee who by the use of the telegraph, telephone, radio, or any other electrical or mechanical device dispatches, reports, transmits, receives, or delivers orders pertaining to or affecting train movements
(1) shall be required or permitted to be or remain on duty for more than nine hours, whether consecutive or in the aggregate, in any twenty-four-hour period in any tower, office, station, or place where two or more shifts are employed; and
(2) shall be required or permitted to be or remain on duty for more than twelve hours, whether consecutive or in the aggregate, in any twenty-four-hour period in any tower, office, station, or place where only one shift is employed. (b) For the purposes of subsection (à), in determining the number of hours an employee is on duty in a class of service, and at a place, described in paragraph (1) or (2) of such subsection, there shall be counted, in addition to the time spent by him on duty in such service at such place, all time on duty in other service performed for the common carrier during the twenty-four-hour period involved.
(c) Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section, in case of emergency the employees named in such subsection may be permitted to be and remain on duty for four additional hours in any period of twenty-four consecutive hours of not exceeding three days in any period of seven consecutive days.
Sec. 3A. (a) It shall be unlawful for any common carrier, its officers or agents, subject to this Act,
(1) to require or permit an individual employed by the carrier who is engaged in installing, repairing or maintaining signal