Railroad Safety for Pedestrians
Railroad safety is the number one priority for the railroad industry and commitment to customer safety is an ongoing endeavour for rail companies and government agencies. That commitment has shone through in the safety record for rail transport. Trains remain one of the safest ways to travel and only around seven people on average lose their lives on a mainline train in America each year. Passengers on drivers of cars, on the other hand, face a 7.3 per billion mile risk of fatality. For a person travelling 30 miles a day for a year in an automobile, death occurs in one in every 12,500 people.
Unfortunately, while deaths of train passengers are vanishingly rare, motorists and pedestrians being hit at level crossings inflate the annual rail death rates Ė accounting for most railroad fatalities, according to a Research in Transportation Economics study. Live Science say that almost 500 deaths in 2011 resulted from pedestrians going onto the line and people stopping their cars on rail right of wayís. Around 20 percent of this grisly figure is thought to be due to intentional suicide.
There are also near-misses and injuries caused by trespass onto lines or to railroad workers in the course of maintenance so effective health and safety at work and public education programs remain vital in continuing to improve the safety record of the railroad industry.e Rail Safe: What all Pedestrianís should Know
give some great safety tips that everyone should know to be rail safe: