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ÖBB raises awareness for safe behavior on railway facilities with its safety campaign "Watch out for yourself"

ÖBB raises awareness for safe behavior on railway facilities with its safety campaign &quote;Watch out for yourself&quote;
photo: Harald Eisenberger / ÖBB/ÖBB raises awareness for safe behavior on railway facilities with its safety campaign "Watch out for yourself"
18 / 10 / 2022

Traveling by train is very safe and is becoming safer all the time. The number of accidents has been decreasing significantly for years. However, a few rules have to be observed. In autumn, when thousands of pupils board the trains again, ÖBB raises awareness for safe behavior on railway facilities with its safety campaign "Watch out for yourself."

Those who decide to take the train to choose one of the safest means of transport. Thousands of ÖBB employees make sure that passengers reach their destination safely daily. However, in contrast to road traffic, railway operations have a few special features and very specific sources of danger. To recognize these and avoid accidents, passengers need to be aware and take responsibility for themselves. With the successful safety campaign "Watch out for yourself," ÖBB has set itself the goal of sensitizing people to the safe use of railway facilities.

The statistics show that the topic of safety is constantly topical: thanks to consistent work at all levels, the number of accidents in track areas across Austria has been significantly reduced by 60% since 2012 (2012: 41 incidents, 2021: 16 incidents). The number of fatal accidents even decreased by almost 70 % in the same period (2012: 15 fatalities, 2021: five fatalities).

In the previous year, the balance sheet for the province of Salzburg shows no accidents at ÖBB due to trespassing on tracks. There was one incident at railway crossings in Salzburg that did not result in any injuries. 

Trains with very long stopping distances, 15,000 volts in the overhead line

Especially in railway traffic, there are dangers that many people are often not aware of. Trains, for example, have a very long stopping distance: a goods train traveling at 100 km/h needs about 700 to 1,000 meters to stop - a car traveling at the same speed needs only about 90 meters. Another example is electricity. For electricity in a private household, 230 V is usually needed. If not handled properly, this can have fatal consequences. Traction current, on the other hand, is a high-voltage current. Even when no train is running, the overhead lines have a voltage of 15,000 volts, which is 65 times more than in a power socket. You don't have to touch the lines or parts through which the current flows to suffer a fatal electric shock. If you fall below a certain distance, you are at risk of a voltage flashover, also called arcing, which is very often fatal.

The "Take care of yourself" campaign provides valuable safety tips

Therefore, the "Take care of yourself" campaign appeals to personal responsibility. Especially adolescents and young adults are addressed. They represent a large group of regular train passengers and are also vital multipliers when it comes to passing on safety messages to their families and friends. Younger people, in particular, often endanger their lives or risk serious injuries out of ignorance and recklessness (keyword "daring"). As an urgent warning, but without pointing fingers, four themed subjects were designed in the ÖBB campaign that visualizes the serious consequences of careless behavior:

  • Crossing the track is life-threatening!
  • Wait behind the safety line! Stations are not playgrounds.
  • The traction current is a high-voltage current - caution, danger to life!
  • Caution - railway crossing!
  • Safety presentations at schools

In addition to the new campaign subjects, ÖBB again relies on emotionally designed videos on possible dangerous situations, which are intended to shake people up and stimulate discussion. The videos and other important information are available at passaufdichauf.at. In the course of the current campaign, posters with an emotional message are also hung up at railway stations and schools.

Source: ÖBB Press Releases

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