Rio Tinto on­board Rail Safety Week

Pilbara News - - News - Court­ney Fowler

Rio Tinto has again joined the na­tional cam­paign for Rail Safety Week and is urg­ing the com­mu­nity to stay safe around its in­creas­ingly busy heavy Pil­bara rail net­work, af­ter the com­ple­tion of level-cross­ing up­grades and changes to fur­ther im­prove safety.

Rio Tinto rail oper­a­tions gen­eral man­ager Zara Fisher said while the net­work and level cross­ing safety mes­sages were pro­moted year round, Rail Safety Week pre­sented an op­por­tu­nity to re­in­force safety to the com­mu­nity.

“At any one time we have over 50 trains on the rail net­work and with oper­a­tions get­ting busier, it’s im­por­tant ev­ery­one prac­tises safe be­hav­iours around our trains and tracks,” she said.

Level cross­ings are the most com­mon ar­eas where the com­mu­nity will have di­rect in­ter­ac­tion with the Rio Tinto rail net­work, with more than 50 cross­ings up­graded with flash­ing lights and warn­ing bells.

The other level cross­ings have boom gates and ad­vanced warn­ing sig­nals, while late last year the re­main­ing, less ac­ces­si­ble cross­ings were fenced, gated and locked to re­strict non-op­er­a­tional use to im­prove safety.

Ms Fisher wants res­i­dents to fa­mil­iarise them­selves with the cross­ings that re­main open and to plan their trips ac­cord­ingly.

“A map can be found at look lis­ten­,” she said.

“Any­one choos­ing to take short­cuts, walk on or near train tracks or ig­nore rail­way level cross­ings is not only risk­ing their own life, but also po­ten­tially oth­ers who are work­ing on or near our net­work.”

The Rio Tinto ac­cess road re­mains un­changed and any­one who holds a valid per­mit can con­tinue to use the road.

Rail Safety Week, in its 10th year, runs from Au­gust 10-16 na­tion­wide. Rail safety tips: ■ Re­mem­ber the lo­co­mo­tive and wag­ons’ speed is up to 80km/h, the train weighs about 35,000 tonnes and takes up to a kilo­me­tre to stop.

■ Never try to race the train through a rail cross­ing, slow down when ap­proach­ing.

■ Be aware of haz­ards on the ac­cess road.

■ Never go near or on the rail­way track or a sta­tion­ary train and ore cars (wag­ons), as the trains could move at any time.

Pic­ture: Rio Tinto

Rail Safety Week, which is in its 10th year, runs from Au­gust 10-16 na­tion­wide.

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