TasRail drive to get mental health on track
Rail R U OK? Day – Thursday, 21 April 2016
Tasmania’s rail workers will take the time to ask one another ‘are you ok?’ tomorrow (Thursday, 21 April), as TasRail joins an industry-wide, national initiative to help rail staff keep their mental health on track.
Depression, anxiety and mental trauma are serious issues that can impact rail staff, especially train drivers and those who may witness or be involved in tragic situations in the workplace.
These include unpredictable near-miss incidences, such as vehicles ignoring rail crossing signals.
TasRail reported 112 near-miss incidents last year alone. TasRail CEO Damien White said Rail R U OK? Day aimed to encourage rail workers at all levels to start a conversation that could ultimately save someone’s life.