Dover ALS Safety Moment of the Week 10-Jan-16

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Published on January 11, 2016

Author: albertaoiltool


1. Railroad Crossing Safety! Safety Moment of the Week January 10th – 16th, 2016 When coming to work or going home never attempt to beat a train to the crossing, the train will more than likely always win. More than half of all motor vehicle- train collisions occur at crossings equipped with the automatic signals. It's because some drivers choose to drive around the gates or through the flashing red lights because they thought they could beat the train, assume a stopped train has activated the signals, or the signals are malfunctioning. The average freight train consisting of 100 cars takes over a mile to stop in emergency braking. There are brakes on every wheel, but it takes that long for all of those brakes to overcome the momentum of the tremendous weight pushing the train. A list of Railroad Crossing safety tips:  Never ignore active warnings at crossings.  Trains will arrive at a crossing faster than anticipated  Don’t pass approaching railroad crossings.  Before starting across the tracks, be sure there’s room to get completely across.  When the crossing has more than one track, don’t try to cross immediately after the end of the train passes – there may be another train approaching on the second track.

2. Safety Moment of the Week January 10th – 16th, 2016 Railroad Crossing Safety! Driving Safety Tips: • Trains and cars don't mix. Never race a train to the crossing — even if you tie, you lose. • The train you see is closer and faster-moving than you think. If you see a train approaching, wait for it to go by before you proceed across the tracks. • Be aware that trains cannot stop quickly. Even if the locomotive engineer sees you, a freight train moving at 55mph or 89km/h can take a mile/2 kilometers or more to stop once the emergency brakes are applied. Never drive around lowered gates — it's illegal and deadly. If you suspect a signal is malfunctioning, call the number posted on or near the crossing signal or your local law enforcement agency. • Do not get trapped on the tracks; proceed through a highway-rail grade crossing only if you are sure you can completely clear the crossing without stopping. Remember, the train is three feet wider than the tracks on both sides. • If your vehicle ever stalls on a track with a train coming, get out immediately and move quickly away from the tracks in the direction from which the train is coming. If you run in the same direction the train is traveling, when the train hits your car you could be injured by flying debris. Call your local law enforcement agency for assistance. • At a multiple track crossing waiting for a train to pass, watch out for a second train on the other tracks, approaching from either direction. • When you need to cross train tracks, go to a designated crossing, look both ways, and cross the tracks quickly, without stopping. • ALWAYS EXPECT A TRAIN! Freight trains do not follow set schedules.

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