British Columbia Safety Authority

British Columbia Safety Authority

April 11, 2011 11:43 ET

British Columbia Safety Authority: If It Came Down to You Versus Train, Who Do You Think Would Win?

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 11, 2011) - Every year, accidents and injuries can easily be avoided if those riding commuter trains like the SkyTrain and Canada Line follow the posted safety rules. Reading and adhering to safety information can save lives. Signage is designed by experts who understand the surrounding hazards and want to prevent accidents.

The BC Safety Authority, which promotes public safety, would like to remind everyone using the SkyTrain and Canada Line to ride safe. A total of 102 commuter rail related incidents were reported to the BC Safety Authority in 2010.

During the month of April, the Safety Authority is continuing its campaign to increase rider safety. Railway Safety Officers are visiting stations to distribute free educational transit pass holders which suggest four simple ways to keep your commuter rail experience safe:

  • Respect the Edge – stay behind the yellow line
  • Don't Rush – there's another train on the way
  • Hang On – prevent falling inside the train
  • No wheels on Escalators – if it has wheels, use the elevator

According to Rail Safety Manager Eric Samuelson, "The province's commuter rail systems are extremely safe. Passengers can prevent accidents by following safety messaging, teaching children about staying safe around trains and having respect for the speed and power of trains."

In an effort to increase commuter rail safety, the BC Safety Authority is asking for participation in this survey: http://www.safetyauthority.ca/safe-rider/transit.

Railway Safety Week, sponsored by Operation Lifesaver, is May 2 - 8. Operation Lifesaver is a partnership initiative of the Railway Association of Canada and Transport Canada. These groups work in cooperation with the rail industry, government, police, unions, many public organizations and community groups in efforts to increase rail safety. Their goal is to prevent collisions between trains and motor vehicles, as well as trespassing incidents that lead to serious injury or death on railway tracks. Visit www.operationlifesaver.ca for more information.

The British Columbia Safety Authority keeps people safe by mandating the safe installation and use of technical equipment. As the province's delegated authority, BCSA administers safety standards and enforces compliance. The Railway Safety Program provides provincial safety oversight to all provincially regulated railways.

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