We have an active Safety, Security, and Environmental Committee comprised of operating departments:
Mechanical, Transportation, Communications and Signal, and Maintenance of Way. The Committee meets on a quarterly basis with Management to report concerns and implement resolutions.
The Ontario Midland Railroad is dedicated to railway safety. OMID has an active, engaged Safety Committee comprised of employees from each of our operating disciplines that meet regularly to discuss safety, security and environmental protection of our rail properties, the communities through which we operate and our neighboring properties.
Operation Lifesaver’s network of certified volunteer speakers and trained instructors offer free rail safety education programs in all fifty states. We speak to school groups, driver education classes, community audiences, professional drivers, law enforcement officers, and emergency responders. Operation Lifesaver is a great program for any school or organization interested in a fun, educational activity. We can organize a free one-hour presentation at your school, church, or other facility on any weekday.
For additional information on Operation Lifesaver please refer to the Operation Lifesaver website: http://oli.org/
Driving Safety Tips:
- Trains and cars don’t mix. — Never race a train to the crossing even if you tie, you lose.
- The train you see is closer and faster-moving than you think — If you see a train approaching, wait for it to go by before you proceed across the tracks.
- Be aware that trains cannot stop quickly — Even if the locomotive engineer sees you, a freight train moving at 55 miles per hour can take a mile or more to stop once the emergency brakes are applied. That’s 18 football fields!
- Never drive around lowered gates — it’s illegal and deadly. If you suspect a signal is malfunctioning, call the 1-800 number posted on or near the crossing signal or your local law enforcement agency.
- Do not get trapped on the tracks — proceed through a highway-rail grade crossing only if you are sure you can completely clear the crossing without stopping. Remember, the train is three feet wider than the tracks on both sides.
- If your vehicle ever stalls on a track with a train coming — get out immediately and move quickly away from the tracks in the direction from which the train is coming. If you run in the same direction the train is traveling, when the train hits your car you could be injured by flying debris. Call your local law enforcement agency for assistance.
- At a multiple track crossing waiting for a train to pass — watch out for a second train on the other tracks, approaching from either direction.
- When you need to cross train tracks — go to a designated crossing, look both ways, and cross the tracks quickly, without stopping. Remember it isn’t safe to stop closer than 15 feet from a rail.
- ALWAYS EXPECT A TRAIN! — Freight trains do not follow set schedules.