Railway Clearance

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28 June 2015

Reference #:  R2015-06-28

Date of Issue: June 28, 2015                                                           

Under the authority of the Administration Delegation Regulation and the Railway Safety Adopted Provisions Regulation: Section 33 of the Railway Safety Act (RSA) British Columbia Safety Authority (BCSA) issues the following directive to all certified provincial railways. 

Topic

There is a hazard to safe railway operations when employees ride railway equipment or work in the vicinity of equipment and physical structures. Inadequate railway clearance annually leads to injuries and deaths in railway industry.

Many of these Accident and Incidents can be attributed to lack of training, misunderstanding of “restricted clearance”, and poor risk assessments of a railways operation.

As a result of these accidents and incidents, all provincial railways must  implement the following procedures:

  1. Perform a risk assessment of all areas on the railway’s operation where there are clearance issues; (clearances standard determined in Appendix 1)
  2. Determine (in conjunction with service provider) the widest dimension(s) of car(s) to be handled on the railway’s property;
  3. Amend the railway’s Safety Management System (SMS) to reflect areas within the operation that are “No Clearance”; (definition of No Clearance in Appendix 1)
  4. Amend the railway’s SMS to reflect training and education on new safety policies;
  5. Post No Clearance” signs where minimum clearance is not met. (standard of sign in Appendix 1)
  6. Post “Point of Restriction” signs at identifiable locations where “No Clearance” exists.

All provincial railways must ensure, that within 30 days of the issuance of this directive, that the railway has performed a risk assessment, reviewed its policies and procedures and made the necessary amendments to their Safety Management System (SMS);

All provincial railways must ensure that within 60 days of the issuance of this directive that the railway has trained all of its railway employees on any changes to their operation which includes new policies and procedures resulting from this directive.

Compliance

Any railway that fails to comply with this Directive will be subject to enforcement measures under the Railway Safety Act of British Columbia. The railway is responsible for safe railway operations under their approved SMS.

Additional Information

For additional information please contact the BCSA Railway Safety Program administration at 778‐396‐2044 or email at bcsa.railway@safetyauthority.ca

 

Eric Samuelson
Provincial Railway Safety Manager
British Columbia Safety Authority

Appendix 1

This appendix does not replace, change or modify in any respect Transport Canada’s Standard Respecting Railway Clearance.

Minimum Clearance

  Diagram 1: Minimum Clearance to Restrictive Point

 

“minimum clearance” means a minimum distance of 36”or 91.5 cm. between the furthermost point on equipment and the nearest restricting point, where any person may ride on equipment and/or come between moving equipment and a restricting point.

“no clearance” means a distance less than 36”or 91.5 cm. between the furthermost point on equipment and the nearest restricting point, where no person may ride on equipment and/or come between moving equipment and a restricting point.

“point of restriction” means identifiable location of “no clearance” where distance is less than 36”or 91.5 cm..  

              Diagram 2: No Clearance Signage

 

Placement: Minimum 30 yards or 27 meters prior to the restriction or at a location  

                       determined by the railway that provides for safe train operations.

 

Post height (approximately 7’ or 214 cm)

 

“NO CLEARANCE” sign dimensions:

  • W = 30” or 76 cm
  • H = 10” or 25 cm
  • Font Arial
  • Font height 5” or 12 cm
  • Black  with White letters

“No riding or Walking Between Moving Equipment from This Point” sign dimensions:

  • W = 30” or 76 cm
  • H = 10” or 25 cm
  • Font Arial
  • Font height 3” or 7.6 cm
  • White with Black letters

    Diagram 3: Point of Restriction Signage

“Point of Restriction” sign dimensions:

  • W = 30” or 76 cm
  • H  = 10” or 25 cm
  • Font Arial
  • Font height 5” or 12 cm
  • Red with White letters

Reflecting Material Specifications: 62-GP-11M

Reflectivity: Level 1