Rail Safety Week
Rail Safety Week
Stand back. Look up. Stay Rail Safe
8-14 August 2022
Each year there are on average 109 fatalities on the Australian rail network, with 76 of these people taking their own life. As well, there are almost as many attempted suicides as suicides annually, around 30 injuries at level crossings or because of trespass and around 2,000 level crossing and trespass near hits.
Rail Safety Week is an annual community awareness week held in Australia & New Zealand, designed to engage the community in safe rail practices.
During Rail Safety Week, rail operators, police, government & community organisations unite by organising activities such as media events, safety demonstrations, webinars & virtual events, along with engaging schools & community groups to raise awareness of the importance of rail safety.
Vanessa Low – Rail Safety Ambassador
Rail Safety Week unites the rail workforce, police, government & community groups by encouraging commuters to be aware & alert on & around the rail network.
TrackSAFE’s Rail Safety Ambassador & Paralympian Vanessa Low continues to support Rail Safety Week, sharing her lived experience & incredibly important safety message to the community.
When Vanessa was 15, she fell from an overcrowded platform & into the path of an oncoming train. Vanessa lost both her legs in the accident. TrackSAFE’s 2021 campaign launching this August, STAND BACK. LOOK UP. STAY RAIL SAFE features Vanessa Low sharing her own lived experience as a rail accident survivor.
Beyond Rail Safety Week each August, TrackSAFE continues to promote our campaign, reminding the community to ‘Stay Rail Safe’ everyday.