August 2022 Safety Coach: Summer Tans Fade, But Safety Shines Brightest Right Now

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Here, a communter train leaves the station. Crash incidents involving trains of all kinds are all-too-common.

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Hop on the Safety Train

In April, two people died in a crash after a driver tried to beat a train at a crossing in Houston, according to police. You might have read about the crash in the news. What you might not know is these incidents are all too common.

In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates a person or vehicle is hit by a train about every three hours. Nearly 1,000 lives are lost every year in these crashes, and more than half occur at crossings with lights and/or gates. You can help prevent these tragedies by providing education and rail-safety training to your employees.

First, make plans to attend our free online training session Wednesday, Aug. 24. Register now to attend Railroad Safety: Eliminating Unsafe Behaviors Near Railroad Crossings and Tracks. Buck Russell, senior supervisor of public safety at Union Pacific Railroad, will discuss proper railroad crossing and trespasser prevention. He also will highlight at-risk behaviors and suggest ways to change those behaviors.

Then, join us to observe National Rail Safety Week Sept. 19-25.

Set up the conversation like this: You can stop. Trains can’t. Well, we know that’s not exactly true. They can stop. It just will take an average freight train traveling 55 mph about the length of 18 football fields to come to a complete stop. By comparison, an average automobile traveling at the same speed can stop in about 200 feet.

Rewrite the narrative so the next time you read about your friends or neighbors in the news the story is about a personal triumph, not a horrible crash.

Plan ahead for safety during the Labor Day holdiay weekend.

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Make Memories, Not Mistakes

On Labor Day weekend, many go looking for one last summer fling. Some of your coworkers, friends and neighbors will throw backyard barbeque parties or head out to the beach. Others make it a tradition to attend a community festival or sit on the lawn at an outdoor music venue. Some celebrate the beginning of the college football season.

The safety message to share at your workplace? Have fun, be safe.

Alcohol consumption tends to spike on long holiday weekends. More than 400 people likely will die in crashes on U.S. roads during the upcoming Labor Day holiday driving period, according to estimates from the National Safety Council. Hundreds more will be injured. Many crash fatalities and injuries can be linked to the use of alcohol and other drugs.

Safety is not just for work. Safety is personal. Safety is about your family, friends and coworkers. So, provide continuing education and training on risks associated with impaired driving ahead of all the Labor Day fun.

Keep your employees and their family members safe with these free resources from NSC and its partners:

Here’s one more idea: Serve mocktails at your gatherings. Try these recipes:

Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Let’s work together to make memories that last a lifetime.