Safely near rail construction sites

There are large mobile machines and heavy vehicles at large rail construction sites. Rail construction sites, station areas or train tracks are not playgrounds and you should not use them as shortcuts. It is important that you discuss safety matters with children and young people at home and at school.

The machine operators cannot see everything around them

Even though the lorry driver and the machine operator sit high, they cannot see everything around them. They cannot see you if you are in the blind spot. The blind spot is also known as the dead angle. 

When you are near a rail construction site, put down your mobile phone and pay particular attention to what is happening around you. 

Watch the video on how to move safely near a rail construction site. 


Choose the safe way to cross the road

After you have watched the video, read the comic strip and check whether you can choose a safe way to cross the road.

Large machines and a caption.

There are heavy vehicles and large machines at rail construction sites.

A truck and a caption.

Even though the machine operators sit high, they cannot see everything around them. 

A truck in dead angle and a caption.

They cannot see the people in the red areas. These areas are also known as dead angles.

A truck, a child who watches her mobile phone and a caption.

Pay attention to what is happening around you and put down your mobile phone.

A machine, a pedestrian and a caption.

Be sure that the driver has seen you before you cross the road.

Three ways to cross a road and a caption.

Which is the safest way to cross a road? Why? Tell it in your own words.

Adults, remember to discuss safety matters with children and young people

Train tracks and marshalling yards are not playgrounds or places for taking pictures. 

In such places, there is always the risk of being run over by a train:

  • Trains are quiet and you may only notice a train when it is too late.
  • Trains are fast but they cannot stop quickly.
  • Trains cannot swerve if there are people standing on the tracks.
Page updated 17.08.2020