GATINEAU, QC, Sept. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - A Transportation Safety Board of
Canada (TSB) investigation (R11T0161) into the 14 July 2011 fatality of
a CN employee has revealed that the inappropriate use of safety watch
protection was one of the factors that contributed to the accident. The
accident occurred last summer near Durham Junction, Ontario, and took
the life of a CN Engineering Services employee who, along with a
co-worker, was making repairs to a section of the Kingston Subdivision
track. The employee was struck by a VIA Rail train.
Safety watch protection encompasses a set of requirements that ensure
someone always remains in a position to immediately warn by physical
means the employees they are protecting of any approaching rail
traffic. It also ensures that the entire crew has an understanding of
what work is to be performed and how, where the safety watch is to be
positioned, how the warning is to be given, and how the area will be
cleared of workers and tools.
As with all accidents the TSB investigates, there are multiple
contributing factors to this accident. In this case, the crew elected
to proceed with the work despite not having enough employees to provide
a dedicated safety watch and not having the minimum sight line to
safely apply the safety watch procedure. Focused on their work, the
crew was unaware of the approaching VIA Rail train.
Following this accident, CN has introduced a more rigorous "Safety
Watch" training initiative and has re-trained more than 3000 CN
Engineering Services employees on its use. The company has also
improved the safety watch procedure by: updating the sight line
distance / time chart to include the time employees need to clear the
track; developing a list of activities that can be performed under
safety watch protection; and developing a safety watch job aid and
training course for all Engineering Services employees.
The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline,
railway and aviation transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the
advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the
Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.
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SOURCE: TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD OF CANADA
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