2007 Rail Accidents Down Almost Seven Per Cent



    OTTAWA, Feb. 5 /CNW/ - Canada's railways were pleased with their safety
results in 2007 and look forward to on-going improvements.
    There were 1,282 rail-related accidents in 2007, down 6.9 per cent from
1,378 in 2006 and down 7.8 per cent from an annual average of 1,391 over the
past five years. Accidents involving dangerous goods dropped from a five-year
average of 210 to 182 in 2007.
    Accidents per million train miles - a critical indicator of safety
performance in the face of growing traffic -- declined 4.5 per cent to
13.78 last year from 14.43 in 2006 and were down 8.9 per cent in 2007 from
15.01 on average over the past five years.
    Figures for fatalities and injuries also improved. Fatalities were down
to 86 last year compared with 95 in 2006 with no increase over the past five
years. Serious injuries dropped to 54 last year from 70 in 2006 compared with
an annual average of 79 over the past five years.
    Canada's Transportation Safety Board statistics include highway/railway
crossing collisions, trespassing incidents and suicides, even though most of
these events are beyond the railways' control. Progress in reducing these
incidents has been significant and steady through proactive public
information, education, enforcement and engineering initiatives by the
industry, senior governments and their partners at the community level.
    Cliff Mackay, President and CEO of the Railway Association of Canada,
said: "Canada's railways continue to make safety their Number One priority.
These results are a clear indication of our commitment to on-going
improvements in our safety performance."

    The RAC represents 56 freight and passenger railways operating an average
of 775 trains a day in Canada. They transport more than 355 billion revenue
tonne-kilometres of freight annually - two-thirds of the surface freight moved
in the country -- and carry 65 million commuters and inter-city passengers
while generating only three per cent of transport's greenhouse gas emissions.




For further information:

For further information: Roger Cameron, (613) 564-8097,
rogerc@railcan.ca

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