Shocking CCTV: Wheelchair rolls onto train tracks

 
Topic moved from News by dthead on 17 Mar 2015 10:05
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Dramatic security vision has been released of the frightening moment a man in a wheelchair plunged backwards onto train tracks at a Melbourne station.
Shocking CCTV: Wheelchair rolls onto train tracks


Unfortunate incident and a timely reminder of the need to remember safety at railway stations.  It is hard to see what could be done to prevent these incidents in the future.

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  yoyoman Junior Train Controller

Location: Adelaide, SA
Lucky fellow Shocked  (well unlucky but then lucky that no trains were arriving)

Edit: article appears here? http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/video-man-in-wheelchair-rolls-on-to-train-tracks-at-middle-brighton-station/story-fni0fit3-1227159828808?nk=a7a714869828427601f13da00f8fd0b1
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Unfortunate incident and a timely reminder of the need to remember safety at railway stations. It is hard to see what could be done to prevent these incidents in the future.
bevans

Platforms should sloped backwards towards the fence which was always the standard in the old days or be level at worst.
These days it is apparently cheaper and easier to drain everything into the pit, prams and wheelchairs included. Years ago it was even forbidden when sweeping the platform to sweep the dirt into the pit. Yes platforms were swept (except on the North East where the SoP did it for you). Smile
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Sop ?

It is probably DDA compliance with requires a slope to the pit.
  ab123 Chief Train Controller

Nope, new patform standard is sloping away from the platform edge towards the fence, to stop things like prams rolling in. Have a look at the work done at Sunbury and Heyington (http://www.railpage.com.au/f-p1942887.htm#1942887) for example.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Sop ?

It is probably DDA compliance with requires a slope to the pit.
freightgate

Sorry SoP = Spirit of Progress. It sucked/blew everything away as it roared through the platform at more than 60 or 70 mph.
Don't know about the DDA compliance but if it requires a slope into the pit that would be bloody typical of the new age overturning things that have worked well for over 150 years.
  ab123 Chief Train Controller

9.7.2 Gradients and Crossfall
Gradients and crossfalls for floor surfaces in platform pedestrian areas shall comply with
the DSAPT and DOT policy as outlined below.
The crossfall on platforms is to lead away from the platform edge
19. with the gradient having a minimum of 1:100 and a maximum of 1:40
20. This gradient shall be consistent to prevent water collecting on the platform surface.


source: http://ptv.vic.gov.au/assets/PTV/PTV%20docs/VRIOGS/VRIOGS-002.1-Rev-A-FINAL.pdf
  smithagain Junior Train Controller

Nope, new patform standard is sloping away from the platform edge towards the fence, to stop things like prams rolling in. Have a look at the work done at Sunbury and Heyington (http://www.railpage.com.au/f-p1942887.htm#1942887) for example.
ab123

Yes in NSW too. The new upgraded platforms just built at West Ryde slope away from the track. Info posters at the station specifically mention preventing prams rolling onto the tracks.
  woodford Chief Commissioner

Taking a different tack when using some of these newer mobilty devices one must take EXTREME care on platforms, some of these particular the mobilty scooters are VERY touchy to control and take a great deal of experience to control well.


woodford
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
This type of incident has been happening for years, the only new factor added to the mix is CCTV or mobile phone coverage of the incident. My wife saw a guy in a wheelchair take a dive off the platform onto the tracks and, along with several others, jumped down to pick him up while another ran down the line to stop the next train. That was Darling station in 1995.
  Gauntlet Chief Commissioner

Location:
I would have though that the younger station platforms would slope away from the track.
A quick check of some island platforms today gives me the impression that things might have changed in the late 1970's.
Blackburn, Tottenham and Boronia slope away, while East Camberwell, Canterbury, Surrey Hills and Mont Albert slope toward the track.
Now all I need to do is check the other 200 stations.

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