The train conductor fell out of the moving train. He leaned against the poorly maintained door

The train conductor fell out of the moving train. He leaned against the poorly maintained door
The train conductor fell out of the moving train. He leaned against the poorly maintained door

According to the conclusions of the Railway Inspectorate, insufficient control and maintenance of the outer doors was behind the train driver falling from the train on the line between Mikulov and Břeclaví. The immediate cause of the fifty-six-year-old man falling from the train was their unexpected opening. The man did not survive the fall. The server Zdopravy.cz drew attention to the final report on the event today.

The man fell off the train on the morning of September 22 last year, it was a passenger train on the route between Břeclaví and Boří Les. According to the conclusions of the Railway Inspectorate, insufficient inspection and maintenance of the outer doors of the service compartment of the motor car, which resulted in their unsatisfactory technical condition, contributed to the tragic event. The problem was that the difference between a properly closed and an unlocked door was not perceptible to the human eye.

The original security bolt of the service door. Photo: Railway Inspection

“In this case, the door was insufficiently closed and upon contact it opened immediately and surprisingly without the need to exert much force or effort. As a result, the train driver probably lost his balance (in a situation where, in addition, the train was passing through an arch, where the centrifugal force acted on the train driver against this very door) and he fell out of the moving train through the open door onto the steel bridge structure,” the report states.

The track inspection for the problem with insufficient door securing came during the subsequent inspection of the vehicle and the verification attempt. To confirm that the train conductor fell out just by leaning on the door, two trial runs with a secured helper from the ranks of the firemen were enough. When the extra at the scene leaned his body against them, they opened.

Based on this event, the Railway Inspectorate issued several safety recommendations to the Railway Authority. Czech Railways subsequently began to replace the doors. Until the doors are replaced, the carrier has banned employees from staying in the service compartment while the train is running, the server said.

The article is in Czech

Czechia

Tags: train conductor fell moving train leaned #poorly #maintained door

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