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Competitions, seminars, and workshops mark rail safety week

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Safety first:Best posters being selected by judges during the annual safety week observation by Tiruchi Railway Division. Manjula Rangarajan, Divisional Railway Manager, is in the picture.
Safety first:Best posters being selected by judges during the annual safety week observation by Tiruchi Railway Division. Manjula Rangarajan, Divisional Railway Manager, is in the picture.

Seminars, workshops, and competitions marked the observance of the annual safety week at various units of Tiruchi Railway Division.

Series of competitions to promote safety consciousness among the staff are being conducted at the Zonal Railway Training Institute (ZRTI) for two days. Manjula Rangarajan, Divisional Railway Manager, inaugurated the training programme on Thursday.

Railway employees’ teams from the six divisions of Madurai, Tiruchi, Tiruvananthapuram, Palakkad, Salem, and Chennai and the Zonal Railway Training Institute participated in the essay writing, painting, elocution, posters making, and quiz competitions.

S.Anantharaman, Chief Safety Officer, Southern Railway, R.Raghuraman, principal, Zonal Railway Training Institute, G.Chandrasekaran, Senior Divisional Safety Officer/Tiruchi Railway Division, were present.

Ms.Rangarajan said that the week highlights the importance of safety in all aspects of train operation. Train operations are being carried out on the basis of well laid out rules and procedures. Every staff is trained thoroughly, and responsibility has been fixed at every level to ensure foolproof functioning of the system. Staffs are updated on the rules and procedures from time to time through one-to-one meeting, counselling, safety drives, and seminars. Refresher courses are being conducted regularly to teach and review the extant safety rules and procedures. Periodical medical examinations are mandatory to ensure fitness of all employees involved in train operations.

Another important aspect in Railway Safety is to check the worthiness of railway assets such as track, signalling and other train controlling equipment and rolling stock, including engines and carriages. Periodic inspections are conducted by railway officials to ensure track safety. Advanced machines are being used for packing, cleaning & regulation of ballast, renewal of tracks, renewal of points & crossings, testing and laying of tracks.

Safety of passengers is railways’ utmost priority. All out efforts are being taken to ensure passenger safety. Safe train operation will not be possible without the co-operation of commuters , she added.

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