Railways

Railway Safety Advisory: Railway Employee Fatality in Windsor Ontario

Advisory No. R2015-3-09
Date of Issue: March 9, 2015

Topic

The following advisory is to inform provincially regulated railways of a railway related safety concern.

On February 27, 2015 an industrial railway conductor was killed on the job when he was struck by railway equipment.

The company was using a tractor to move railway equipment, the tractor operator stepped between the tractor and the railway equipment and was caught in the pinch points.

Compliance

In the performance of railway operations, rules and safe work procedures must be followed. All provincial railways should take a moment to review their own safety procedures.

The United Transportation Union (http://utu.org/switching-operations-fatality-analysis) recommends the following practices.

 

Recommendation 

Any crew member intending to foul track or equipment must notify the locomotive engineer or equipment moving operator before such action can take place. The engineer or operator must then apply locomotive or train brakes, have the reverser centered or another means to disengage propulsion, and then confirm this action with the individual on the ground.

Additionally, any crew member that intends to adjust knuckles/drawbars, or apply or remove EOT device, must insure that the cut of cars to be coupled into is separated by no less than 50 feet. Also, the person on the ground must physically inspect the cut of cars not attached to the locomotive to insure that they are completely stopped and, if necessary, a sufficient number of hand brakes must be applied to insure the cut of cars will not move.

Discussion

This recommendation emphasizes the importance of securing the equipment. A thorough understanding by all crew members that the area between cars is a hazardous location, whether equipment is moving or standing is imperative.

Additional Information

In an effort to reduce injuries and fatalities, the Switching Operations Fatalities Analysis (SOFA) working group recommends railway workers practice the following:

  1. Secure all equipment before action is taken.
  2. Protect employees against moving equipment.
  3. Discuss safety at the beginning of a job or when work changes.
  4. Communicate before action is taken.
  5. Mentor less experienced employees to perform service safely.

For additional information please contact the BCSA Railway Safety Program administration at 778‐396‐2044 or email at bcsa.railway@safetyauthority.ca

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Railway Online Forum - Heritage Railways

25 February 2015 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm

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Railway 2014 Statistics

This webpage was updated: Sep 24 2014

The following charts and statistics provide details to railway safety activity in the province and identify accidents and incidents and compliance to regulation for 2014.

BC Railways in Operation
BC Railways Accident & Incident Data
BC Railways Injury Data
BC Railways Audit & Audit Recommendations
BC Railways Assessments, Non-Compliances & Assessment Recommendations
BC Railways Enforcement
BC Railways As Found Conditions

British Columbia Railways (in Operation)

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Note: Covers Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 for all years.


British Columbia Railways Accident & Incident Data

Railways accident and incidents by railway class 2010 2014 Click to enlarge

Note:
Covers Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 for all years.
Does not include non-railway related Accident & Incidents on Commuter Railways.
Industrial & Industrial Sidings and Spurs are reported as a single group


British Columbia Railways Injury Data

Reported Railway Injuries 2010-2014 Click to enlarge

Note: Covers Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 for all years.

 


British Columbia Railways Audits & Audit Recommendations

Railway Audits and Recommendations 2010-2014 Click to enlarge

Note: Covers Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 for all years.


British Columbia Railways Assessments, Non-Compliances & Assessment Recommendations

Railways Assessments, Non-Compliances & Assessment Recommendations Click to enlarge

Note: Covers Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 for all years.

 


British Columbia Railways Enforcement

Railway Enforcements 2010-2014 Click to enlarge

Note: Covers Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 for all years.


As Found Conditions

As Found Conditions 2010-2014 Click to enlarge

Note: Covers Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 for all years.

Online Railway Town Hall Meeting, Fall 2014

10 November 2014 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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Details

Training Resources

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Railway 2014 Statistics

This webpage was updated: Sep 24 2014

The following charts and statistics provide details to railway safety activity in the province and identify accidents and incidents and compliance to regulation for 2014.

BC Railways in Operation
BC Railways Accident & Incident Data
BC Railways Injury Data
BC Railways Audit & Audit Recommendations
BC Railways Assessments, Non-Compliances & Assessment Recommendations
BC Railways Enforcement
BC Railways As Found Conditions

British Columbia Railways (in Operation)

Click to enlarge

Note: Covers Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 for all years.


British Columbia Railways Accident & Incident Data

Railways accident and incidents by railway class 2010 2014 Click to enlarge

Note:
Covers Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 for all years.
Does not include non-railway related Accident & Incidents on Commuter Railways.
Industrial & Industrial Sidings and Spurs are reported as a single group


British Columbia Railways Injury Data

Reported Railway Injuries 2010-2014 Click to enlarge

Note: Covers Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 for all years.

 


British Columbia Railways Audits & Audit Recommendations

Railway Audits and Recommendations 2010-2014 Click to enlarge

Note: Covers Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 for all years.


British Columbia Railways Assessments, Non-Compliances & Assessment Recommendations

Railways Assessments, Non-Compliances & Assessment Recommendations Click to enlarge

Note: Covers Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 for all years.

 


British Columbia Railways Enforcement

Railway Enforcements 2010-2014 Click to enlarge

Note: Covers Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 for all years.


As Found Conditions

As Found Conditions 2010-2014 Click to enlarge

Note: Covers Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 for all years.

Railway Townhall 2012

Safety issues and polices that affect railway operations are discussed through regional meetings and other processes.

2012 Townhall Meeting: Audit Presentation
2012 Townhall Meeting: Practical Approach to Risk Management
2012 Townhall Meeting Notes

Railway Education

Here are educational materials that we have developed to ensure safety around Railways. Some resources are meant for people who work in and around railways, while other resources are to help educate the general public when they are around railways and railway lines.

Check back on this page as we will develop more reference materials over the coming year.

Resources:

Railway Safety Handbook

The purpose of this handbook, developed by the British Columbia Safety Authority: Railway Safety Program, is to make managers and employees of railways operating in the province of British Columbia aware of the consequences of unsafe acts and conditions that can affect the safety of railway employees, the public and the environment.

Please make this handbook available to all railway employees so they may understand and follow the safety principles and recommended best practices for safe railway operations.

The Safe Rider program

√ Don’t Rush
√ Respect The Edge
√ Hold on

Click on the above link and learn more about riding our commuter railways safely.

RESPECT program

RESPECT is a multi-year safety awareness program aimed at reducing the number of injuries and fatalities associated with unsafe crossing and trespassing around railway tracks. Learn how you might become a part of this program.

SMS Templates:

Siding & Spurs SMS Template
Industrial SMS Template
Industrial Railway SMS Audit Template

Respect Program

Railway Education Safety Program: Examining Crossing & Trespassing

RESPECT is a multi-year safety awareness program aimed at reducing the number of injuries and fatalities associated with unsafe crossing and trespassing around railway tracks.

The program is co-developed and delivered by BC Safety Authority, Operation Lifesaver, and Rail Line Operators in BC.

Learn more about the RESPECT program in the RESPECT program manual.

Semi-truck crossing railway crossing with approaching train.

Objective:

The objective of the RESPECT is to support Rail Line Operators in taking proactive steps to increase safety in their communities and on their sites.

Through RESPECT, the BC Safety Authority will partner each year with Rail Line Operators on safety projects that will create greater railway safety awareness and bring together other safety system stakeholders to reinforce ongoing safety messaging and railway safety practices.