Training Document 01 – General Safety
Purpose: The purpose of this document is to detail the basic safety requirements that club members must adhere to to minimise the risk of injury to themselves and to others.
Speed – when speed is involved accidents are more likely to be more serious, therefore:
- Running should be avoided wherever possible.
- Locomotive speeds should be limited to a maximum of 8mph.
Trip Hazards – when trains are running, people watch them, rather than looking where they are going:
- Within the steaming bays, cables, hoses etc. must be placed safely to avoid creating at trip hazard when they are not being used.
- In the station area, passengers should be asked to leave buggies, bicycles, scooters and baggage against the fence near the station exit, in such a way that they do not create a trip hazard.
Manual Handling – Lifting of heavy loads could cause injury:
- There is a hydraulic lifter for transferring locomotives from car or trailer, rather than manually handling them.
- Always ask for assistance rather than living something that could cause injury.
People – Members of the public are liable to inadvertently put themselves in danger:
- There is a yellow line across the station that people should not cross when trains are running. If a person crosses the line them must be advised of the danger they pose and ab asked to step behind the line. Once a train has stopped and passengers have alighted, then the next passengers should be invited to board.
- There are usually a lot of dogs and young people in the park when we are running trains, some dogs like to chase the trains and could easily be injured if hit. Young people are much the same, having little understanding of the danger of being hit by a train, so extra vigilance is required if dogs or young people are near the track – slow down if in doubt and be prepared to stop.
- When trains are running, members of the public are not permitted inside the track, but if an uncontrolled dog jumps, or goes under, the track and the owner follows, or if a person decides to take a shortcut by climbing over the track, be prepared to stop, until they have vacated the area.