28 November 2006
Dearieme hijacks the comments to say:
Apologies for repeating myself, but I’d be grateful for your comment if you know anything about this figure:-
According to the HSE “The provisional number of members of the public fatally injured in 2005/06 was 384, of which 254 resulted from acts of suicide or trespass on railways.” 254 per annum is 5 per week. One every weekday. Can it be true?
Before answering his own question:
Please excuse my bad manners, but I can now answer my own question. http://www.rail-reg.gov.uk/upload/pdf/296.pdf tells us about the new safety body for the railways and says that in 2005, there were 280 deaths from trespass or suicide. I am still reeling from this-why does everyone still talk about how safe the railways are?
Well, in answer to the second question, it's probably because in the vast majority of cases it's the victim's own fault. Incidentally the gap between 254 and 384 is probably down to people falling down the stairs.

Even so, I agree with him, the numbers are surprising.

Patrick Crozier • PermalinkFeedback (1)Rail Safety
  1. Back in 2001 I was working with Railtrack and was discussing safety measures with a senior engineer. He mentioned the numbers stated here and said for 500 million all lines could be fenced, preveneting the majority of these (usually drunken) fatalities, rather the the billions to be spent on the system to prevent SPADS which would save a few deaths in major crashes each year (but make the news).

    Posted by Lawrie on  01 December 2006 at 03:58 pm

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