2007 Rail Accidents Down Almost Seven Per
Published: February 5, 2008
Source: Railway Association of Canada
OTTAWA – Canada’s railways were pleased with their safety results
in 2007 and look forward to on-going improvements.
There were 1,282 rail-related accidents in 2007, down 6.9 per cent
from 1,378 in 2006 and down 7.8 per cent from an annual average of
1,391 over the past five years. Accidents involving dangerous goods
dropped from a five-year average of 210 to 182 in 2007.
Accidents per million train miles – a critical indicator of safety
performance in the face of growing traffic -- declined 4.5 per cent
to 13.78 last year from 14.43 in 2006 and were down 8.9 per cent in
2007 from 15.01 on average over the past five years.
Figures for fatalities and injuries also improved. Fatalities were
down to 86 last year compared with 95 in 2006 with no increase over
the past five years. Serious injuries dropped to 54 last year from
70 in 2006 compared with an annual average of 79 over the past five
Canada’s Transportation Safety Board statistics include
highway/railway crossing collisions, trespassing incidents and
suicides, even though most of these events are beyond the railways’
control. Progress in reducing these incidents has been significant
and steady through proactive public information, education,
enforcement and engineering initiatives by the industry, senior
governments and their partners at the community level.
Cliff Mackay, President and CEO of the Railway Association of
Canada, said: “Canada’s railways continue to make safety their
Number One priority. These results are a clear indication of our
commitment to on-going improvements in our safety performance.”
The RAC represents 56 freight and passenger railways operating an
average of 775 trains a day in Canada. They transport more than 355
billion revenue tonne-kilometres of freight annually – two-thirds of
the surface freight moved in the country -- and carry 65 million
commuters and inter-city passengers while generating only three per
cent of transport’s greenhouse gas emissions.