Guidance on machinery and animals crossing rail lines

02 January 2013

The basic rule has to be to contact the railway before crossing with animals at any crossing and if machinery is big, slow or long do the same thing.

Network Rail are committed to making a joint risk assessment on request where anyone wishes to pre plan what they are doing.

Link to using level crossings safely

Link to devising a safe system of work for crossing the railway

Link to Railway level Crossings on Farms safety notice

Link to network Rail Instructions for User worked crossing with / without phone

User worked crossings – some data

1   In 2009/10 there were 3 fatalities – all 3 at user worked crossings with telephones (2 pedestrians and one vehicle user)

2    In the last 9 years there have been 22 crossing user fatalities  – 5 at user worked crossings with no telephone, 13 at user worked crossings with telephones and 4 at user worked crossings with miniature warning lights.

3   In 2009/10 there were 3 collisions between trains and road vehicles at user worked crossings with no telephones and 2 at user worked crossings with telephones.

4    In the last 9 years there were 16 collisions at user worked crossings with no telephones and 23 at user worked crossings with telephones and 10 at user worked crossings fitted with miniature warning lights.

The numbers of each type of crossing on Network Rail controlled infrastructure in the year 2009 are

·        User worked crossings without telephone                883

·        User worked crossings with telephone                     1624

·        User worked crossings with Miniature warning lights  96

Data and Documents provided by Adam Meredith

HM Inspector of Railways - Railway Interface Team

 

Farmers Weekly 2011  Example of a Train and Tractor collision

Tractor cut in half after collision with a Train

Tractor Train Collision

A driver whose van was hit on a level crossing by a train when he failed to call ahead to check if the line was clear has been jailed for five months. Level Crossing Crash Van Driver Jailed

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