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Rail company launches new safety campaign

By Staff Reporter

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SCOTRAIL has launched a new campaign encouraging people to stop and think about their own personal safety while travelling or at work.

During 2019, more than 670 minor customer and employee injuries were reported across Scotland’s railway, the majority of which were avoidable and a result of unsafe behaviours.

The Watch Yourself campaign is targeted at customers and staff and aims to challenge the most common behaviours which can lead to accidents and injuries.

These include texting while walking, running through busy stations, and not holding handrails on stairs and escalators. Figures released this week show the number of people going through Moray's three stations is on the rise, with 513,608 people entering or exiting a train at Elgin, Forres or Keith in 2018/19 – up 1.2 per cent on the previous year.

Scotrail has launched a new safety campaign.
Scotrail has launched a new safety campaign.

The campaign, which launched on social media today, will run through spring and will focus on a different series of unsafe behaviours each month.

Sylvia Wilson, ScotRail safety improvement manager, said: "Most of the minor accidents that occur on Scotland’s Railway are avoidable, and they are a result of unsafe behaviours rather than unsafe conditions.

"Whether it’s asking a customer to mind the gap and watch themselves as they step on and off a train or asking a colleague to watch a trip hazard in the office – our new Watch Yourself campaign asks people to be mindful of their surroundings and encourage others to be mindful too.”

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