Explaining the Lac Megantic Tragedy

The Railway Safety Act was changed in 2012. Can you see why the Lac Megantic tragedy occurred?

CURRENT RAILWAY SAFETY ACT

Objectives

3. The objectives of this Act are to

  • (a) promote and provide for the safety and security of the public and personnel, and the protection of property and the environment, in railway operations;

  • (b) encourage the collaboration and participation of interested parties in improving railway safety and security;

  • (c) recognize the responsibility of companies to demonstrate, by using safety management systems and other means at their disposal, that they continuously manage risks related to safety matters; and

  • (d) facilitate a modern, flexible and efficient regulatory scheme that will ensure the continuing enhancement of railway safety and security.

PREVIOUS RAILWAY SAFETY ACT

Objectives

3. The objectives of this Act are to

  • (a) promote and provide for the safety of the public and personnel, and the protection of property and the environment, in the operation of railways;

  • (b) encourage the collaboration and participation of interested parties in improving railway safety;

  • (c) recognize the responsibility of railway companies in ensuring the safety of their operations; and

  • (d) facilitate a modern, flexible and efficient regulatory scheme that will ensure the continuing enhancement of railway safety.

 

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