Rail Safety Week took place from 20 to 26 September. Across Canada and the United States, several railway companies and organisations, such as Operation Lifesaver, took action and worked to raise people’s awareness of the dangers of railways. The Roberval-Saguenay got onboard and joined this awareness initiative.
To mark the launch of this special week, Martin Lavoie, Operations Director, Wharf Facilities & Railway Services at Vaudreuil Works, spoke to the employees in a video. He reiterated the importance of behaving responsibly near the tracks by observing the signs, not throwing objects on the tracks, being cautious at level crossings, etc.
Also, throughout the week, several activities were organised by the Roberval-Saguenay teams. They posted advertisements in key locations in the region, attended the week’s events, distributed public awareness leaflets to the community, and shared video stories (see below).
Did you know?
- At Roberval-Saguenay, one to two trespassing incidents are reported every week.
- Every year, more than 100 Canadians are seriously injured or killed as a result of level crossing or trespassing incidents. Almost every one of these incidents is preventable.
- In 2020, more than 50 people died in such incidents in Canada; so far in 2021, that number is 27.