National harm-prevention charity the TrackSAFE Foundation today sends an important reminder to walkers celebrating annual ‘Walk to Work Day’ to take extra care when walking to and from work especially if walking near railway lines or across tracks.
“With today marking the 20th annual ‘Walk to Work Day’ –an excellent initiative run by Diabetes Australia – it’s timely to remind those walking to and from work to take care and be alert when anywhere near the rail network,” said Naomi Frauenfelder, Executive Director TrackSAFE Foundation.
“It is in the best interests of all individuals and organisations to start a walking culture and build walking into their daily routine to lead healthier and more productive lives. Unfortunately, some community members while walking near tracks or crossing at pedestrian level crossings take risks for the sake of short cuts or are simply distracted by their mobile devices or ear phones.
“Every near hit and collision has a profoundly traumatic and lasting impact on the train driver and crew involved. Such incidents see rail employees tragically exposed to trauma while simply doing their jobs; some of whom are unable to return to work again.
“While celebrating this year’s Walk to Work Day remember to understand the risks involved when it comes to interacting with the rail network; make sure you are fully aware of your surroundings and only cross at designated crossing areas,” said Ms Frauenfelder.