In this latest episode of “If Walls Could Talk,” Trent Cotney speaks on the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, and how it has affected a lot more than just Ohio. We met with Cotney, partner at Adams & Reese, to discuss the effects the train derailment has had not only on the construction industry, but also on you as a resident of the United States.

Cotney expects there to be an investigation into the incident so an event of this magnitude does not happen again. “I don’t know all the ins and outs of why it happened, but I certainly would want to look at everything from our current infrastructure to training,” Cotney said.

Cotney thinks that one of the outcomes of an investigation would be more regulations for the transportation industry. “There are more rules for railroad safety than there probably are for fall protection in construction,” he said.

Overall, the impact the accident had on the environment and how it disrupted residents’ lives is more important than the impact on any one industry.