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Nov 30 2016 (06:24)  87% of rail accidents caused by human error (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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2 senior railway officers made presentation to PM during first-ever Rail Vikas Shivir.
An estimated 40 people died every day all over India, 15 of these from Central Railway and Western Railway.
Eighty-seven of rail accidents occur due to human error and 51per cent of accidents occur due to the failure of the railway staff, according to a presentation made by two senior
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railway officers to the Prime Minister. Co-incidentally, this presentation, made by MK Gupta, general manager, Modern Coach Factory, Rae Bareli and MC Chauhan, general manager, Metro Railway, Kolkata, was made to the PM on the final day of the first-ever Rail Vikas Shivir on November 20, just hours after the Indore-Patna Express derailed, killing over 140 people and injuring 200 others.
The presentation also stated that 28,000 people across India lost their lives because of trespassing, travelling on the train foot boards and atop the trains and performing stunts. An estimated 40 people died every day all over India, 15 of these from Central Railway and Western Railway.
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"Trespassing has become a habit in India and most people don't want to use a foot over bridge," said Chauhan, during his presentation. "When I was the divisional railway manager of Central Railway, we tried to analyse the behaviour of trespassers and were successful in reducing their numbers." Chauhan suggested that they implement this strategy across the country.
The presentation also laid the blame for accidents on the fact that railway operations were still being conducted manually, the absence of crash worthy rolling stock, institutional inadequacy to analyse the root causes of accidents and limited funds to handle safety-related work. The presentation suggested that processes to monitor rail fractures need to be fully automated as soon as possible, suggested the use of magnetic transmitters to measure track integrity and using components that were capable of self-diagnosis to ensure that the physical integrity of the tracks were maintained and rail fractures could be caught in time.
The presentation also suggested the use of automated alarms to detect defective bearings and sensors being installed to monitor the temperature of the axle box to reduce the chances of the axle and bearings breaking.
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