The disclosure comes as federal agencies investigate the derailment in East Palestine, Ohio.
A wheel-bearing failure was cited as the cause of the crash in a preliminary report released by the National Transportation Safety Board.
Her manager told her it was OK to skip inspections.
On outbound journeys, workers were supposed to check the cars’ air brakes and make a final inspection.
But, she said, management, at the behest of corporate, undermined workers’ effectiveness on the job.
She said: “The regulation at the time stated that a wheel bearing was bad when it had ‘visible seepage’.
“Most railroad workers are fighting against an entire system that only exists as a money-making apparatus to the wealthy. »