Tuesday, April 26, 2011

30 Years of Operation Lifesaver

Operation Lifesaver logo, photo by Nicholas Kiss
Operation Lifesaver Turns 30

Congratulations to the excellent Operation Lifesaver program on turning 30. OL has been very effective in improving rail safety and reducing injuries and deaths from collisions betweeen trains and vehicles and pedestrians.

In 1981 there were almost 800 crossing incidents reported. In 2010 there were 180, a 77% decrease. More work needs to be done, as evidenced by this incident from last Friday where a man walking along the tracks was hit by a BNSF train and lost a foot. Do NOT walk along tracks and be vigilant. As one rules trainer told me, "any time is train time. Trains can come at any time, from any direction, on any track."

Don't forget that Rail Safety Week begins next week, running from May 2 to May 8.

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