Report cites error in Iowa rail worker’s death

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are citing a switchman’s error in the death of a railroad worker in Mason City.

Thirty-six-year-old Georgiy Soloviyov, of Stanhope, was fatally injured on July 31, 2012. He’d been working on a coupling when a railroad car rolled into him and pinned him between two cars.

Mason City television station KIMT reports (http://bit.ly/I30Nvn) that a National Transportation Safety Board’s report says the switchman didn’t ensure the two cars were properly secured before repair work was begun. The NTSB also says there wasn’t a sufficient briefing of the workers involved.

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Information from: KIMT-TV, http://www.kimt.com

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