Railway sidings

What do we see on the risk map?

Trains carrying hazardous substances are coupled or uncoupled at railway sidings. These sidings are shown on the risk map.

What is the risk?

A risk occurs if something goes wrong at the sidings, such as a collision or damage to a container. Depending on the type of substance, there may be a threat to the health or someone coming into contact with the substance or a fire or explosion may occur.

What can you do yourself ?

  • do not go to the accident location;
  • call 1-1-2 if this has not yet been done;
  • ensure that you are at least 500 metres from the scene of the accident;
  • ensure that you walk at right angles to the wind (see the drawing below), but always away from the accident;
  • follow the instructions of the emergency services (police, fire brigade, ambulance);
  • do not return to the place of the accident until you have received the 'safe' signal.

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What safety measures are there?

The government imposes strict safety requirements, not only with regard to prevention, but also with respect to fire prevention facilities, instruction of personnel, layout of the site, etc. The sidings manager is responsible for safety on site. The government checks whether the manager complies with the rules.