Miscommunication and distraction in the workplace led to tragedy, Delaware Online reported, when two workers in Delaware were killed in an Amtrak train accident.
Both Joe Carter and Peter Adamovich died of blunt force trauma, according to the Delaware County Medical Examiner’s Office. They were out on a backhoe working on the tracks when the Amtrak train, traveling 106 miles per hour in an area where it was authorized to travel up to 110 miles per hour, collided with the backhoe.
Dozens of passengers aboard the train were injured, and the two men were killed instantly.
“Joe Carter was one of the best backhoe operators we had,” Gerald Dollard, a safety representative for Amtrak, said. “He wouldn’t have been out on the tracks if he didn’t think it was safe.”
Gerald Brady, the executive director of the Delaware AFL-CIO, believes this accident could have and should have been avoided. “What can clearly be suggested is a lack of communication,” Brady said.
These miscommunications are becoming an issue for Delaware workers and drivers alike.
Just three years ago in 2013, about 3,154 people were killed in accidents involving a distracted person; in Delaware, there were a total of 146 crashes resulting in 54 injuries. Just last week, according to the Dover Police Department, there were 109 crashes resulting in 56 injuries.
As a result of the increased number of accidents caused by distractions, the Delaware police department is beginning a new campaign to cut down on accidents.
For both workers on foot and people driving in vehicles, News Works reports the Walk Smart, Drive Smart campaign will begin April 11th.
“The goal of the campaign is to help change the dangerous behaviors we are seeing by drivers and pedestrians, and making the roadways safer for all who can use them by vehicle or on foot,” Cpl. Mark Hoffman said.
“By showing that we take these dangerous activities seriously, we hope people will know not to do them in our city and will spread the word to others as well.”