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The ATSB has today released a new YouTube video highlighting the risks and hazards of working on rail, as part of Rail Safety Week.

The video features animation from a fatal accident where a passenger train collided with an excavator near Newbridge, NSW.

ATSB Chief Commissioner Martin Dolan said safe work on rail is a top priority for the ATSB and is an issue that needs heightened attention from the rail industry.

“The ATSB has investigated several accidents that have occurred when maintenance work was being carried out around railway tracks,” Mr Dolan said. “These accidents were primarily the result of safe working rules and procedures not being correctly implemented.

“We think more can be done to improve the safety of rail workers, particularly in the areas of good work practices, coordination and communication. 

“The accident highlighted on this video provides a powerful reminder of the importance of following rules and procedures.”

The video can be found on the ATSB’s YouTube channel (ATSBinfo).

More information about the ATSB’s top nine transport safety priorities, including safe work on rai.


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Last update 13 August 2013