newsCO.com.au –Queensland Rail boss warns of ‘serious injury or death’ from risky behaviour on level crossings

August 14, 2017

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August 14, 2017 10:25:51

There were nearly 200 near misses on the Queensland Rail network in the last year, QR has reported, adding that while the figure is trending down people are still taking too many risks around trains.

Footage of some the closer shaves on the south-east rail network has been released, with one incident showing a man almost hit when he trips over his sandal during a dash across the track.

QR chief executive Nick Easy said too many motorists and pedestrians were trying to save time by gambling with their lives in last-minute crossings.

During last financial year there were 187 near misses with cars and pedestrians, down from 248 the year before.

“For the sake of saving a few seconds, people are risking serious injury or could even pay the ultimate price,” Mr Easy said.

“These incidents don’t just affect the victim.

“They can have long-lasting psychological effects on staff, customers, and emergency services, and we hope these high visibility safety campaigns will start a conversation about rail safety.”

To coincide with Rail Safety Week, Queensland Rail has launched its latest safety campaign to prevent injuries and near misses on the rail network.

Mr Easy said the campaign focused on the most common incidents seen on the network.

“From simply holding the hand rail and standing behind the yellow line, to being aware of your surroundings and obeying safety measures at level crossings, the campaign will get people thinking about safe behaviours,” Mr Easy said.

“We don’t want to see anyone injured on our network.”

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