Op­er­a­tor launches video on rail safety

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

■ Freight rail op­er­a­tor Aur­i­zon is urg­ing stu­dents to enjoy their school hol­i­day well away from train tracks.

The com­pany has pro­duced an an­i­mated Youtube video called Stay Off The Tracks.

It de­scribes alarm­ing facts in­clud­ing that na­tion­ally there are more than 1000 near or ac­tual train in­ter­sec­tion col­li­sions a year and on av­er­age some­one is killed ev­ery 10 days.

Aur­i­zon safety vice-pres­i­dent Neil Backer said peo­ple walk­ing across sec­tions of rail lines with­out safety cross­ings were a ma­jor con­cern for the com­pany.

“We move around 160 trains ev­ery day across Aus­tralia and th­ese trains are ex­tremely heavy,” he said. “Some trains can weigh up to 14,000 tonnes, the equiv­a­lent of more than 9000 cars, and can take two kilo­me­tres to stop.

“The mes­sage is not get­ting through; (that) you should only cross rail­way lines at ded­i­cated cross­ings.

“Our train driv­ers can’t swerve to miss you and you are play­ing Rus­sian roulette with your life.

“The im­pact a near miss can have on our train driv­ers should not be un­der­es­ti­mated.”

Watch Aur­i­zon’s Stay Off The Tracks video at youtube.com/ watch?v=bBpMMN2C2UY.

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