Who is required to report accidents?

All provincially regulated railways are required to report accidents / incidents to the Railway Administrator as per the Railway (Alberta) Act, Part 3 section 38(1) and Railway Regulations AR 177/2002 Part 3 sections 35 and 36.

When is an accident reportable?

Immediately after an accident the railway must verbally report the details to the Alberta Environmental and Dangerous Goods Emergencies (EDGE). Their 24 hour toll free number is 1-800-272-9600 or 780-422-9600.

What is reportable?

The railway must report the following:

  • main track collisions or derailments
  • highway grade crossing collisions
  • accidents involving a trespasser, employee or passenger
  • fire or explosion involving railway property
  • collision between rolling stock and an object
  • non-main-track collision or derailments
  • collision involving a track unit
  • collision between rolling stock and an abandoned vehicle and;
  • incidents involving dangerous goods require an immediate report under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations

What is not reportable?

The railway does not have to report the following:

  1. minor injuries not involving lost time or a visit to a physician.
  2. minor equipment damage such as paint scrapes.

Is a written report required?

Yes - provide details of the accident using the Industrial Railway Accident Report and submit this to the Railway Administrator within 30 days of the incident occurring.

Additionally only a 30 day written report is required for the following:

  • rolling stock damaged without a derailment or collision;
  • runaway rolling stock;
  • movements exceeding the limits of authority;
  • other incidents related to main track facilities and operation.

Is there a reporting form that has to be used?

Yes - a copies of the reporting forms are available at Railway Incident Report* (pdf 1 MB).

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What happens to this information?

It is reviewed by a Rail Safety Officer and then entered into the confidential provincial rail safety data base and used for future site compliance reviews or to identify trends in the industry.