The Association of American Railroads issued a a safety alert for all railroads in North America after the recent discovery of a razor blade wedged into a safety appliance handhold on a covered hopper car.

The condition was discovered by a shop worker from the Anderson’s Inc. at the car repair shop located in Bay St. Louis, Miss., April 16. A photo of the condition is below.

James P. Grady, AAR assistant vice for technical services, asks that this information be widely distributed to all coworkers, contractors, customers and all who deal with freight cars.

Be on the lookout for any similar acts of vandalism.