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SAFETY AWARENESS

VIA Rail participated in the North American Occupational

Safety and Health Week (NAOSH), which focused on the

importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace,

at home and in the community. During the NAOSH week, our

Health and Safety Committees held information sessions

and conducted an internal survey about safety awareness.

Events took place in Montréal, Toronto, Ottawa and Winnipeg.

In addition, VIA Rail hosted an “open doors” event for

passengers and the public at our station in Halifax, with

over 6,000 people participating.

Left: Open doors event at our station in Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Over the years, the number

of crossing accidents and

trespassing accidents has been

declining. We are committed

to continuing to partner with

Operation Lifesaver and other

infrastructure owners to bring

these numbers down further.

Reaching Out to Communities

We recognize the important role we

play to engage with the communities

where we operate to educate and raise

awareness on safety.

Most accidents involving trains occur

when people trespass on rail property,

or take unnecessary risks when

crossing tracks. In our ongoing efforts

to keep the public safe around the

railway, we remain actively involved in

a number of public education and

awareness initiatives, including various

Operation Lifesaver events.

For example, in 2015, as in past

years, we were a major supporter of

Operation Lifesaver’s Rail Safety Week

and our people participated in various

activities, including:

• Outreach to the Standing Committee

on Transportation, Infrastructure

and Communities as well as to local

Members of Parliament;

• Hosting Rail Safety Days at our

Halifax station;

• Making safety announcements

onboard our trains; and

• Ensuring visibility through VIA Rail

booths in stations and other

community events.

We also participated in the Fergus

Truck Show, one of the trucking

industry’s premier events in North

America. VIA Rail had an on-site

employee present to meet with and

inform truck drivers about safety

around railways.

Above: VIA Rail Locomotive Engineer,

Shawn Whaling was on site at the Fergus

Truck Show sharing his insights with the

many people who visited the Operation

Lifesaver booth during the day.

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