Rio Tinto onboard Rail Safety Week
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 listenlive.com.au,” 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.
Rail Safety Week, which is in its 10th year, runs from August 10-16 nationwide.