SOUTH AFRICAN REGULATOR REPORTS 8.0 PCT RISE IN RAILWAY FATALITIES IN 2016/17

JOHANNESBURG, The number of deaths resulting from railway operational occurrences have increased by 8.0 per cent to 495 in the 2016/17 reporting period, says the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR).

The research general manager at the RSR, Dr Cornel Manal, told a media conference here Monday that about 2,079 people were injured during the year, which showed a 10 per cent decrease compared with the previous reporting period. In total, the number of operational occurrences stood at 4,066, a 5.0 per cent frop from the 2015/16 figure of 4,250.

This figure is the lowest total number of operational occurrences since 2010/11, said Manal.

Gauteng Province accounted for about 29 per cent of operational occurrences, followed by KwaZulu-Natal Province with 27 per cent and Western Cape Province with 19 per cent.

The report shows that State-owned freight service operator, Transnet, and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) accounted for approximately 97 per cent of all operational occurrences reported to the RSR. The percentage remains the same as the previous reporting period, with Transnet contributing 52 per cent and PRASA Rail contributing 45 per cent to all operational occurrences.

Close to 60 per cent of all occurrences investigated were due to a human factor-related root cause.

Manal said not much progress has been made in reducing other types of occurrences such as level-crossing occurrences, people struck by trains, occurrences in which people travel outside the train (train surfing), and electric shock occurrences.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK