TODAY is International Level Crossing Awareness Day.
And Brookfield Rail, the manager of WA’s 5500km freight rail network, is joining the international rail industry in encouraging pedestrians and motorists to take care at level crossings.
Brookfield Rail health and safety manager Adam Sidebottom said there were about 70 incidents at level crossings on its network each year, most of which involved pedestrians and motorists not paying attention.
“These incidents include colliding with, or nearly colliding with trains, as well as vehicles running through stop signs or lights at level crossings or running into boom gate barriers,” he said.
“Remember, waiting just a couple of minutes for a train to pass, or taking extra caution around the railway tracks, could save your life. It only takes a second of inattention or rushing to reach your destination for tragedy to strike.”
Mr Sidebottom said in Australia there were about 130 pedestrian level crossing incidents causing death or serious injury each year and 20 collisions with vehicles.
“We work hard to minimise the risks associated with the railway. However, members of the community have a significant part to play in ensuring their own safety.”