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PSC hires railroad track inspector

By Golden Valley News staff

Golden Valley News of Beach, North Dakota

The North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) recently hired the first railroad track inspector as part of the new state Railroad Safety Program.

Karl Carson comes to the PSC with 23 years of railroad experience and is very familiar with track inspections. Carson will be starting with the commission on Aug. 17.

Carson was previously a division engineer with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF). He has worked for BNSF since 1992 and was in management since 2004. Positions he held with BNSF include roadmaster and assistant director of maintenance production, where he supervised maintenance and replacement of track and track components. He is originally from Minot. He attended college at Bismarck State College and also served in the North Dakota Army National Guard.

The track inspector will be responsible for conducting track inspections using federal railroad and roadway worker safety standards/regulations to inspect and identify track and roadway worker safety deficiencies.

This position is part of the new state Railroad Safety Program advanced by the commission in the PSC's budget and approved earlier this year by the Legislature along with the authority to hire two inspectors. The hiring process for the second position, a mechanical inspector, is ongoing. The state inspectors are hired by and entirely accountable to the Public Service Commission. At the same time, they will be trained and certified by the Federal Rail Administration and work in partnership with the local and regional federal inspectors. State inspectors will inspect to federal safety standards and have the same enforcement authority and tools as federal inspectors.

Karl Carson comes to the PSC with 23 years of railroad experience and is very familiar with track inspections. Carson will be starting with the commission on Aug. 17.



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