There were 112 near miss incidents reported to TasRail in 2015.
That’s one every three days. It’s also 112 too many.
There were 109 reports of near misses with vehicles or cyclists and three reports of near misses with pedestrians.
Thankfully there were no collisions reported for 2015.
Today TasRail has joined an industry-wide and national initiative to help rail staff keep their mental health on track (no pun intended).
People don’t need trauma or stress to have mental health issues. But, when you add the 112 near misses and actual accidents the stress can have a profound effect on workers.
The TasRail initiative is called Rail R U OK?
TasRail chief executive officer Damien White said the campaign would include a review of trauma support systems and resources and a reviewof the Peer Trauma Support Team.
A new phone app called RailRes, that will be launched nationally by the TrackSAFE Foundation, will provide assistance to rail employees to help manage their immediate response to stress.
This response by TasRail, that is more than just an awareness day, should be applauded.
Now it’s time for the community to lift its game.
It may sound like a broken record, but it is better to be late by three minutes than not wait at a rail crossing.
If you don’t care for your own safety, please stop for a momentand think about the drivers and their families.
Every near-miss places undue and serious stress upon the driver and rail workers. It’s unnecessary and can be avoided.
We all have a role to play to ensure good mental health.
When there is a collision thereis likely to have physical injuries that you can see and touch. There could be damage to a vehicle or a broken bone. The worse case scenario is that someone has lost a loved one.
Buta near-miss can involve an injury that cannot be identified instantly. It may go unnoticed for days or years, but be just as life threatening as a collision.
Let’s care for one another by driving and using rail crossingsresponsibly and thoughtfully.
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