Rise in serious injuries on trams

19 August 2016

There has been a significant increase in tram passengers falling and seriously injuring themselves, it has been revealed in Rail Safety Week (August 15-21).

Transport Safety Victoria has released statistics on tram incidents for the second quarter of 2016.

The figures show serious injuries to passengers have almost doubled in comparison to the first quarter – up from 8 to 14.

The effects of a serious injury can be devastating for the individuals involved, as well as their families. There is also a real cost to Victoria, especially our health system and through lost productivity.

The number of less serious injuries has also increased, from 65 to 73.

"Yarra Trams has been asked to revamp its safety systems and develop concrete action plans to reduce slips, trips and falls.

"I am looking forward to seeing these plans shortly," said David Hourigan, Director, Transport Safety.

"Nonetheless, sudden stops can be necessary so we urge passengers to hold on to safety rails while on board, and take extra care when entering or exiting the tram.

"Make it your Rail Safety Week resolution to stay alert, get a grip and stay upright," Mr  Hourigan advised.