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RAILWAY SAFETY REGULATOR LAUNCHES SAFETY CAMPAIGN AIMED AT EMPLOYEE SAFETY

Rail is one of the key pillars of any country’s economy and South Africa is no different. With more of the workforce having returned to work during the Alert Level 3 of the lockdown, the same has been the case with most rail workers. As the custodian of rail safety, the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) acknowledges the efforts of rail workers in ensuring that operations are safe and free of occurrences. Similarly, the Regulatorcalls on all rail operators to ensure that their employees are adequately protected against COVID-19 during these trying times. “Rail workers are paramount and should be afforded the protection they deserve to sustain rail activity during the lockdown period,”said the RSR’s Acting CEO, Tshepo Kgare.

The RSR is cognisant that employees are facing challenging situations, including the added pressure of conducting their activities while managing social distance on worksites and offices.

To affirm its commitment towards the protection of rail workers, the RSR will today embark on a safety campaign entitledSiyabavikela(Protecting our rail icons). The digital campaign will involve the participation of rail operators, employees and stakeholders at large to ensure maximum reach and awareness. In specific, the campaign will reinforce the compliance that is required from operators as far as social distancing and Personal ProtectiveEquipmentis concerned.

“This campaign further seeks to demystify the directions issued by the Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula indicating the measures to address, prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19 in railway operations. This is an opportunity for operators to embrace the new normal and demonstrate their level of compliance and protection of their most important assets,their workforce,” said Kgare.