1. Failure of Indian Railways staff biggest cause of accidents: Report

Failure of Indian Railways staff biggest cause of accidents: Report

Failure of Railway staff is the biggest cause behind train accidents and derailments that have led to maximum deaths and injuries to passengers, said a safety report submitted to Railway Ministry.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: January 29, 2017 9:25 PM
Railway has constituted a task force on safety on December 6 last year after the derailment near Kanpur, killing 151 people. (PTI) Railway has constituted a task force on safety on December 6 last year after the derailment near Kanpur, killing 151 people. (PTI)

Failure of Railway staff is the biggest cause behind train accidents and derailments that have led to maximum deaths and injuries to passengers, said a safety report submitted to Railway Ministry.

Railway has constituted a task force on safety on December 6 last year after the derailment near Kanpur, killing 151 people.

The committee comprising senior railway officials involved in safety mechanism was asked to conduct data analysis of investigation into the past accidents and developed a “factual view of potential solutions.”

The report submitted recently has categorically stated the failure of railway staff is the biggest cause in 50 to 60 per cent cases, and derailments cause maximum deaths and injuries.

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According to the report, asset failures like track defects such as rail fracture and inadequate maintenance remain the biggest cause of accidents.

Taking note of increase in number of derailments due to rail-fractures and weld failures, it has suggested a need to address the backlog in rail/track renewals and the technology of rail welding.

Advocating technology upgradation to have less dependence on human intervention, the report said “Inspection of Rails is a complex exercise and must be automated as much as possible to reduce dependence on human judgement.”

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    anvesh
    Jan 30, 2017 at 2:23 pm
    even those railway officers know that they aren't enough staff for the particular task , there has been a acute shortage of staff in all fields of railways and they are blaming the staff instead of bloody administration. nice very good analysis and even though after all this no one said about the shortage of staff
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      Atraish Sehgal
      Jan 30, 2017 at 4:46 pm
      Railways is over staffed but nobody wants to work it's only the operating department who are the main people to run the trains. The most under privileged is the locomotive driver who works against all odds
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        Dinesh
        Jan 30, 2017 at 4:53 pm
        Main things behind the Accident is shortage of staff in Indian Railways and also non of proper training of safety category with no command on staff how to perform their duties.
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          Ganapathy
          Jan 30, 2017 at 5:09 am
          Not only Railways, almost all Indian Government sectors the same. Some aren't directly visible and some are visible
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            R.NAGARAJAN
            Jan 30, 2017 at 9:41 am
            Railway accidents, especially Derailments do happen on various accounts, either singularly or on multiple causes. The present system on Inuiries by CRS, who is an ex Rly man belonging to Track maintenance owes loyalty to thier own People and investigations are almost biased ones, if not always. An Independant body of Accident Investigation should be consuted under the President of India which may comprise of eminent Rly. personnel and from Universities. In my opinion, most of the places the track alignment/design are not proper. Added with the laxity in maintenance of tracks, rolling stock and traffic OPERATION besides human failure.
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              naresh jaiswal
              Jan 29, 2017 at 4:14 pm
              unskilled labour is maintaining tracks with no supervision bring it in camera recording regularly with qualified experts to walk along the track just like unskilled labour doing maintenance
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                Pradyot chat
                Jan 30, 2017 at 8:58 am
                Thousands of safety category posts remain unfilled. Front line staff do not get allowances for months. Ta ot night allowance are not paid regularly. Inspection is lacking field at all levels. What does one expect
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                  Suraj kumar
                  Jan 30, 2017 at 1:44 pm
                  First anlyse the thing and then blame.
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                    Suraj kumar
                    Jan 30, 2017 at 1:45 pm
                    First anlyse the thing and then blame.
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                      Suraj kumar
                      Jan 30, 2017 at 1:41 pm
                      I am currently working in railway as senior section engineer. And i also feel the same but the cause of staff failure is a lot of work load. Senior section engineer have to work day and night inspecting track and rectifying defect prior to failure. And also there is dificiency of staff like sse je technician clerk os. And many times we have do work of clerk also along with hard work in field.One more thing is lack of technology upgradation.Thank you
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                        Kps
                        Jan 30, 2017 at 2:43 pm
                        Poor coordination between employees psychological understanding, ego's moreover higher officials never met their requirements all the ways in respective department this situation till continues. ..god only save railways
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                          valakrishnanravi
                          Jan 30, 2017 at 10:24 am
                          This is because of LALU PRASAD YADAV.........
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