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New rail safety guidelines for children launched

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Rail safety charitable trust TrackSAFE NZ has launched new safety guidelines for primary school children as schools reopen around the country.

Foundation Manager Megan Drayton says the “Let’s Keep TrackSAFE” materials are aimed at reminding students that following the simple safety drill of “Stop, Look, Wait and Walk,” will help keep them safe around railway tracks.

The publications were developed after consultation with school principals, teachers, local government road safety coordinators and students themselves.  They are available to download from the TrackSAFE NZ website or schools can contact TrackSAFE directly for printed copies.

Ms Drayton says last year there were several incidents involving school students crossing railway tracks while lights and bells were operating.  

 “We want to reduce these incidents, so we’re encouraging young people to stay focused and alert at level crossings and to put their devices in their pockets at any time they are around the rail or road network,” Ms Drayton says.

“Mobile technology is distracting, and if they are wearing headphones they will also be unlikely to hear the bells operating at a crossing.”

Young people in busy urban areas should also be aware that there will often be more than one train passing in succession.  “If a train has passed and alarms are still operating, there is a high chance another train will be coming.  It is only safe to cross once the alarms have stopped.”

TrackSAFE NZ recommends schools who are close to the rail corridor consider including rail safety in their yearly planning.  Comprehensive curriculum-based rail safety resources are available to download from:

•    NZ Transport Agency’s website or
•    TrackSAFE’s website.

Safety guidelines for students:

•    Stop behind the line and take one step back
•    Look and listen for trains from both directions
•    Wait and listen for the alarms to stop
•    Walk if there are no trains coming

•    Always remove headphones

    

 

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Safety Leadership Award Announced

Friday, February 17, 2017

Rail industry safety expert Robert (Bob) Lupton was today announced as the inaugural winner of the TrackSAFE NZ Safety Leadership Award. 

The award was established late last year to recognise significant leadership in railway safety in New Zealand.

Chairman of TrackSAFE NZ Peter Reidy says Mr Lupton received the award for his outstanding contribution to safety over his 32 year career in New Zealand and overseas.

“Mr Lupton’s continued contribution has appreciably influenced rail safety in New Zealand across a number of organisations,” Mr Reidy says.  “He has an outstanding reputation for providing sound advice and growing and supporting those around him and is fully deserving of this special award.”

Mr Lupton has worked in a number of roles in the rail industry throughout his career, most recently as the Rail Systems Safety and Assurance Manager for the City Rail Link project.   

In that role he provided leadership, mentoring and guidance to the City Rail Link safety assurance and construction safety teams.

Among Mr Lupton’s many achievements are leading the development of the Britomart Safety Management System and responsibility for safety management during the transition to Auckland’s electrified network.  This included crashworthiness risk assessments for the new Auckland electric rolling stock.

Mr Lupton is an executive member of the New Zealand National Rail System Standards Executive committee, and continues to provide expert rail safety advice to the City Rail Link one of New Zealand's largest transport projects.

The award was presented today to Mr Lupton at Auckland Transport offices, in front of industry representatives.  Read more

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Safety Leadership Award Announced

Friday, February 17, 2017

Rail industry safety expert Robert (Bob) Lupton was today announced as the inaugural winner of the TrackSAFE NZ Safety Leadership Award. 

The award was established late last year to recognise significant leadership in railway safety in New Zealand.

Chairman of TrackSAFE NZ Peter Reidy says Mr Lupton received the award for his outstanding contribution to safety over his 32 year career in New Zealand and overseas.

“Mr Lupton’s continued contribution has appreciably influenced rail safety in New Zealand across a number of organisations,” Mr Reidy says.  “He has an outstanding reputation for providing sound advice and growing and supporting those around him and is fully deserving of this special award.”

Mr Lupton has worked in a number of roles in the rail industry throughout his career, most recently as the Rail Systems Safety and Assurance Manager for the City Rail Link project.   

In that role he provided leadership, mentoring and guidance to the City Rail Link safety assurance and construction safety teams.

Among Mr Lupton’s many achievements are leading the development of the Britomart Safety Management System and responsibility for safety management during the transition to Auckland’s electrified network.  This included crashworthiness risk assessments for the new Auckland electric rolling stock.

Mr Lupton is an executive member of the New Zealand National Rail System Standards Executive committee, and continues to provide expert rail safety advice to the City Rail Link one of New Zealand's largest transport projects.

The award was presented today to Mr Lupton at Auckland Transport offices, in front of industry representatives.  Read more

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