Health and Safety Issues Regarding Trains and Railway Lines
Innumerable dangers exist in the world which pose a danger to the health and safety of people of all ages. Training courses and educational instruction can provide adults and children alike with an understanding of the dangers, as well as how to lessen the likelihood of being killed, injured or made unwell from the particular danger or hazard in question. One such danger is that posed by trains and railway lines, which can not only cause death or injury to people, they also have environmental impacts including noise pollution for residents who live nearby.
The most commonly thought of hazard associated with trains and railway tracks is that of being struck by a train. In the same way that care must be taken and attention paid at all times when crossing a road to avoid being hit by a vehicle, the same respect must also be shown to train tracks.
The fact that trains run so infrequently compared to vehicles on a busy road can cause people to not give the tracks their full consideration when crossing. In the same way that quieter roads can sometimes be more dangerous than busy ones due to the fact that people assume that nothing will be coming along it, some people cross train tracks without thinking and looking out for approaching trains. The speed at which trains travel means there is little that the train driver can do to avoid a collision.
Children are particularly at risk as they will often be far more focussed on play than looking out for approaching trains, and it is important that parents and teachers impart the dangers from train tracks to children frequently and as strongly as possible.
There have been many news clips and YouTube videos posted online in recent years showing CCTV footage of near misses from level crossings as motorists and cyclists try to nip through the barriers before the train arrives. This impatience has resulted in many deaths across the world, not only to the drivers of vehicles but also for their innocent passengers. Many accidents and injuries are caused by people risking their health and safety and that of others too in order to save a few minutes of time. It is vital to keep in mind that it is far more preferable to take a bit longer doing a job in order to stay safe.
Fall From Bridges
Many railway lines have foot bridges over them to allow people to cross safely. The chances of accidentally falling off these onto the tracks below are low as many will have railings and other forms of barriers to prevent this, but care still needs to be taken, especially if these preventative barriers are damaged and have sections missing. Again, children are most at risk as they may climb or play on and amongst these barriers and fall off or through them.
Although not creating a danger of death or serious injury like an impact with a train or a fall from a bridge will cause, another consideration which can affect the mental health and wellbeing of residents is the issue of noise from trains. Those living beside railway tracks or next to stations can be disturbed as trains rumble past or sound their horns. Whilst many will get used to the sounds in a similar way to how most people living under flight paths get used to the noise from aircraft, others will suffer stress and tiredness from disturbed sleep and general anger from hearing the trains every day.
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