Safety and Security

Safety and security is a prime area of mutual concern for communities and the railway industry. Safety is crucial in all facets of daily rail operations and railways work according to stringent standards and rules to ensure the safety of the public at all times. The federal regulatory body Transport Canada oversees the safety of railways under federal jurisdiction. The railways themselves have self-imposed mechanisms for integrating regulatory aspects of safety into their day-to-day operations. Other federal agencies also play a role, such as the Transportation Safety Board which is responsible for investigating railway accidents, collecting related data and reporting upon their findings. Provincially regulated railways have similar regimes in place. Most railway safety issues involving the public revolve around highway-railway crossings, trespassing on railway property, train accidents, dangerous goods and security measures.

1.1 Highway-Railway Crossings

A highway-railway crossing is the point at which the public or private/farm road used by motorists, pedestrians and cyclists meets the railway. MORE >

1.2 Trespassing

Trespassing on rail property is against the law, and a serious safety problem. Too many people take unnecessary risks, and are seriously or fatally injured, while walking on or near railway tracks. MORE >

1.3 Train Accidents

Railways provide the safest means of surface transportation in Canada. Train accidents do occur, however, and include train collisions and derailments and occurrences involving the transportation of dangerous goods. MORE >

1.4 Dangerous Goods

Chemicals are a way of life in today’s society. Everything from food to medications, clothing and vehicles are dependent on chemicals. In their original form. MORE >

1.5 Security Measures

Rail has traditionally been a very safe and secure mode of transportation. Railways are experienced and well equipped to handle all emergency situations. MORE >