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Report a (Shortline) Rail Incident or Accident

When an incident or accident occurs on a provincially regulated railway, it must be reported to the Government of Saskatchewan.

The Railway Act authorizes the Minister to request any additional information that the Minister may require. Accidents and incidents are to be reported within the timelines set out in the Railway Act, which will subsequently be investigated by representatives of rail services.

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1. Guidance

Reportable Accident

A preliminary written accident report form must be completed and submitted within 48 hours of an accident.

A final written accident report form must be completed and submitted to Rail Services as soon as possible.

Reportable Incidents

Incident report forms must be completed and submitted within 30 days of the incident.  

Incident report forms may be submitted as they occur, or alternatively, multiple incident report forms may be submitted on the first day of every month.

A railway company should maintain the records of reportable accidents and incidents for a minimum period of two (2) years, or longer if so required by the railway inspector.

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2. Eligibility

Reportable Accident

  • a person sustains a serious injury or is killed, or
  • the track sustains damage that affects its safe use, or
  • dangerous goods, as defined in The Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, are released, or
  • the rolling stock:
    • is involved in a grade crossing collision, or
    • is involved in a collision or derailment and is carrying passengers or dangerous goods or has contained dangerous goods and has not been purged, or
    • sustains damage that affects its safe operation, or causes or sustains a fire or explosion, or
    • is involved in a collision with equipment on or under the control of another railway.

Reportable Incidents

  • a risk of collision occurs (i.e. near miss), or
  • an unprotected switch is left in an abnormal position, or
  • an unprotected overlap of operating authorities occurs, or
  • a movement of rolling stock exceeds the limits of it authority, or
  • an uncontrolled movement of rolling stock occurs, or
  • there is unauthorized movement of a train, or
  • there is an unauthorized occupancy of track, or
  • a person sustains a non-serious injury, or
  • a person gains unauthorized entry onto railway property, or
  • lading is released and not fully recovered, or
  • the track sustains damage that does not affect its safe use but requires repair, or
  • if a death occurs involving railway property that is not a direct result of the operation of a train.
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3. How To Report

Accidents

A preliminary written accident report must be completed and submitted within 48 hours of an accident. A final written accident report must be completed and submitted to Rail Services as soon as possible.

Incidents

Incident reports may be submitted as they occur, or alternatively, multiple incident report forms may be submitted on the first day of every month. Reports must be completed and submitted within 30 days of the incident.  

Description/Cause

When an incident has taken place on a provincial railway, the rail owner must file an accident/incident report. Information will include:

  • Location
  • Activity
  • Occurance
  • Section
  • Equipment Damaged
  • Railway infrastructure damaged
  • Train data

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4. Report

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