PRESS RELEASE: 7th Railway Safety Week begins

NPO Ope­ra­tion Life­sa­ver Esto­nia and the Esto­nian Tech­nical Sur­veil­lancer Aut­ho­rity orga­ni­se anot­her Railway Safe­ty Week las­ting from April 25 to May 1. The pur­po­se of the event is to remind road users that railway level cros­sings are extre­mely dan­ge­rous as unex­pec­ted encoun­ters with trains can have real­ly tra­gic con­sequences – pedest­rians, motor vehic­les and trains com­pe­te in total­ly diffe­rent weight cate­go­ries.

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The mes­sa­ge of alrea­dy seventh safe­ty week is KNOW YOUR RIVAL. OLE has coo­pe­ra­ted with the girls’ bas­ket­ball team of Auden­tes Sports Club. “The sports­men should know that the key to success is in knowing your rival,” said Tamo Vahe­mets, Chair­man of Board of OLE.

The cam­paign mate­rials crea­ted with the help of the bas­ket­ball team demonstra­te the diffe­rent weight cate­go­ries of motor vehic­les and trains via game situa­tions known in bas­ket­ball. We call on peo­ple to think twice befo­re conf­ron­ting railway rol­ling stock.

The nation-wide safe­ty week inc­lu­des pre­sen­ta­tions on railway safe­ty con­duc­ted in educa­tio­nal ins­ti­tu­tions. OLE also starts with pre­sen­ta­tions to the staff of the Police and Boar­der Guard Board and Rescue Board on how to react in case of railway acci­dents and how to make cor­rect deci­sions at the sce­ne of an acci­dent. So far such pre­sen­ta­tions were made by OLE’s coo­pe­ra­tion part­ner Esto­nian Railways who now trus­ted this task to OLE. “We try to live up to the trust and give our best in making pre­sen­ta­tions all around Esto­nia,” said OLE’s trai­ning Mana­ger Get­ter Too­me.

Com­pany Saa­re Foods and OLE launc­hed a joint pro­ject during which bott­led drin­king water named LET’S SAVE LIVES will be offe­red to Esto­nian com­pa­nies. During the Railway Safe­ty Week the drin­king water will be ser­ved in AS Edelaraudtee’s pas­sen­ger trains. In the end of the Railway Safe­ty Week a bicyc­le con­test will take place in Pär­nu whe­re OLE will be com­mu­nica­ting its safe­ty mes­sa­ge and offe­ring water.
During the week, OLE’s coo­pe­ra­tion part­ner the Police and Bor­der Guard Board will focus on pedest­rians tres­pas­sing on railway.

The key event of the Railway Safe­ty Week is the “Gol­den Level Cros­sing Gates” event of gra­ti­tu­de that takes place on April 28. OLE thanks the per­sons and orga­ni­sa­tions dea­ling with railway safe­ty. At this year’s event will be announced a pho­to com­pe­ti­tion tit­led “Railway and I”. The pur­po­se of the com­pe­ti­tion is col­lec­ting infor­ma­tion on how the Esto­nian peo­ple see railway and feel its pre­sence. The prize fund of the con­test is 1000 euros.

The Tech­nical Sur­veil­lance Aut­ho­rity res­pon­sib­le for safe­ty at natio­nal level con­si­ders con­ti­nu­ous pre­ven­ti­ve work in the field of railway safe­ty extre­mely impor­tant. “We app­recia­te the cont­ri­bu­tion of OLE into pro­mo­ting railway safe­ty. The cam­paigns and events orga­ni­sed by OLE help to inc­rease the awa­re­ness of peo­ple of dan­gers pre­sent on railways and estab­lish pro­per traf­fic beha­viour. The coo­pe­ra­tion between railway inf­rastruc­tu­re mana­gers and railway safe­ty orga­ni­sa­tions inc­lu­ding OLE helps the Tech­nical Sur­veil­lance Aut­ho­rity to plan and orga­ni­se railway safe­ty work with the objec­ti­ve to find app­rop­ria­te solu­tions to prob­lems and make railway traf­fic as safe as pos­sib­le”, said Anvar Salo­mets, Head of Railway Depart­ment of Tech­nical Sur­veil­lance Aut­ho­rity.

[divi­der]Addi­tio­nal infor­ma­tion:
Tamo Vahe­mets
Chair­man of Board
+372 504 5112


[divider]Photos from ”Gol­den Level Cros­sing Gates” event
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