Slips, trips and falls on trains and at railway stations

What was the issue?

Seeking to provide foundation for understanding and addressing the issue of slips, trips and falls in rail terminals and trains.

What was done?

Literature review and analysis of data obtained from two Australian jurisdictions.

What was found?

Components identified as potentially important to examining slip, trip and fall events included not only the individual but the personal items with them.

Further research into slip, trip and fall events in both rail terminals and on trains is needed. This includes both uneven surfaces (steps, escalators, boarding/alighting trains) and level surfaces.

Further research on how people move through the terminals/trains and their hazard perception is needed.

Further Research

The Slips Trips and Falls Stages 2 & 3 research project will:

  • Identify the underlying causes of slips, trips and falls, both from the rail user and the stations/train characteristics.
  • Use quantitative and qualitative studies with high risks groups to evaluate the potential for increasing rail users’ compliance with safety rules.