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Ok, in SAFETY when is the LAST time you taught your staff about TRAIN SAFETY now how about the family TOO!

Every year in Canada approximately 300 collisions and trespassing incidents occur at highway/railway crossings and along railway tracks resulting in the death or serious injury of nearly 130 people.  So with that said when have you the SUPERVISOR or you the parent talked to your staff about TRAIN SAFETY and RE-TUNING that safety culture before the next incident/accident occurs?

Safety is more than a course and drivers license regardless of how well you drive that why they have developed this safety course with people in mind.

“Train to Drive”, the official computer-based training website for newly licensed drivers and professional drivers.

These dynamic courses have been developed to help train the various types of drivers on the best way to approach highway-railway crossings. Using the latest technology and based on an interactive concept, these training modules present the “Look, Listen and Live” message to young drivers and professional drivers across Canada.

The reasons for these numbers vary. For instance, many vehicle drivers do not pay close attention when approaching a highway/railway crossing. Some do not realize that a train cannot stop quickly, and take chances by trying to beat the train or driving around gates. Pedestrians often ignore warning signs and signals, and use railway tracks as shortcuts.

A motorist is 40 times more likely to die in a crash involving a train than in a collision involving another motor vehicle.

Most collisions occur within 40 kms of the motorist’s home.

§ Never drive around lowered gates – it’s illegal and deadly. If you suspect a signal is malfunctioning, call the 1-800 number posted on or near the crossing signal or your local emergency number.

§ Never race a train to the crossing. Even in a tie, you lose.

§ Do not get trapped on the tracks. Only proceed through a highway/railway crossing if you are sure you can completely clear the crossing without stopping. Remember, the train is 1 metre wider than the tracks on both sides.

§ If your vehicle stalls on a crossing, immediately get everyone out and far away from the tracks. Call 911 or your local emergency number for assistance. Look for a 1-800 emergency notification number nearby to contact the railway.

§ At a multiple track crossing waiting for a train to pass, watch out for a second train on the other tracks, approaching in either direction.

  • Be prepared to stop at a highway/railway crossing.
  • Look for the crossbuck symbol of a highway/railway crossing. Some more-travelled highway/railway crossings have lights and bells and some include gates.
  • Listen for warning bells and whistles. Turn off, or turn down distracting fans, heaters and radios. Ask the passengers to be quiet until the crossing is safely crossed. Opening the window helps you hear.
  • Obey the signals. Never attempt to drive under a gate as it is closing, or around a closed gate. If the gate begins to close while you’re underneath, keep moving ahead until you clear the crossing.
  • If a police officer or a member of the train crew is directing traffic at the crossing, obey their directions. Remember, however, that you are not relieved of the responsibility to ensure your personal safety and you must confirm that it is safe to cross the tracks by looking and listening for the approach of a train.
  • If one train passes, make sure that a second train isn’t approaching on another track. They can, and they do!
  • Cross the tracks in low gear. Do not attempt tochange gears while crossing.
  • If your vehicle stalls on the tracks, get out quickly. Move towards the train and away from the tracks to avoid being hit by debris, because the momentum of the train will sweep your vehicle forward.
  • If your view is obstructed for 300 metres in either direction, do not attempt to cross the track until you are certain that no train is approaching. Be especially careful driving during bad weather.

Walking or playing on train tracks is dangerous and illegal. The only safe way to cross railway tracks is to use a designated crossing and to obey all signs and signals. Be smart. Be safe. Stay alive!

§ ALWAYS EXPECT A TRAIN! Trains do not follow set schedules.

§ Even if the locomotive engineer sees you, a freight train moving at 120 km/h can take up to 2 km or more to stop once the emergency brakes are applied; more than 18 football fields in length!

§ Don’t be fooled by the optical illusion. The train you see is closer and faster moving than you think. If you see a train approaching, wait for it to go by before you proceed across the tracks.

§ Trains CANNOT stop quickly. An average freight train travelling at 100 km/h requires about 2 km to stop. A passenger train travelling at 160 km/h requires about the same distance to stop. Compare that to an automobile travelling at 90 km/h, which requires about 60 metres to stop.

§ The majority of highway/railway collisions occur when the train is travelling less than 50 km/h.

Railway tracks, trestles, yards and equipment are private property. Walking or playing on them is illegal. Trespassers are subject to arrest and fines. Too often the penalty is death.

§ DO NOT walk, run, cycle or operate all terrain vehicles (ATV’s) on railway tracks or rights-of-way or through tunnels.

§ Cross tracks ONLY at designated pedestrian or railway crossings. Observe and obey all warning signs and signals.

§ DO NOT hunt, fish or bungee jump from railway trestles. They are not designed as sidewalks or pedestrian bridges – there is only enough clearance on the tracks for a train to pass.

§ DO NOT attempt to hop aboard railway equipment at any time. A slip of the foot can cost you a limb, or your life.

§ ALWAYS EXPECT A TRAIN. Trains DO NOT follow set schedules.

EVER do around trains and railway property?

  • NEVER take shortcuts on or around train tracks – it is dangerous.
  • NEVER throw things at trains – you could hurt someone.
  • NEVER put objects on train tracks – they can fly off and hurt someone – maybe you.
  • NEVER walk in front of or behind a stopped train – it could move suddenly.
  • NEVER walk or climb between parked railway cars – they can move at any time and you can get hurt
  • NEVER enter open boxcars – the doors can shut suddenly and trap you there.
  • NEVER use railway tunnels and bridges as shortcuts – a train can come at any time.
  • Remember – when it comes to train tracks – Stay off! Stay Away! Stay Alive!
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