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Stay Out Stay Alive Places To Stay Away From!


Railroads are used to transport ore and materials at many mines. Trespassing on mine property or railroads is as much a violation of property rights as walking into someone’s yard or home without their permission.

Trespassers can get into trouble around railroads by:

  • Crawling under or around lowered crossing gates

  • Taking shortcuts across tracks

  • Walking on tracks

  • “Hopping” or “jumping” moving trains

  • Walking on trestles or bridges

  • Climbing into, onto, or around railroad cars
  • Tampering with switches, signals, or other railroad property

Crawling into, onto, or around railroad cars is asking for trouble. Cars can move suddenly (even if they are not part of a train) and anyone in, on, or under them could be crushed or severely injured. People who climb on cars can slip and fall to the ground or onto the tracks.

Cars often couple with severe impact. This impact can knock people down if they are not expecting it. Often no signals are given. People may not hear the locomotive until it is too late. A trespasser can be bounced from cars and fall under the wheels and be run over.

Car dropping areas are dangerous because cars can move suddenly with no warning. Stay away from these areas at all times.

Do not climb inside railroad cars. A person standing in the open door of a boxcar, for example, can be crushed by the car’s door if it moves suddenly, knocked to the car floor or thrown off the car. People inside loaded or partially loaded rail cars can be crushed or buried alive if the load shifts or slides. People can be locked inside cars and suffocate, starve, or die of thirst before they are found.

Playing in or around ditches, excavations, or piles of material is dangerous. People can be suffocated or crushed by cave-ins, slides, or falling overhangs. Failing into an excavation can result in broken bones. People can also be easily injured by rolling down high stacks of material.

Empty buildings are dangerous. Broken windows may cause serious cuts; stairs or floors may collapse; and there is always the danger of tripping or falling over unseen objects.

Dangers that exist in abandoned buildings are:

  • ladders or scaffolds

  • falling material

  • abandoned equipment

  • explosives, detonators or electric blasting caps

  • glass and sharp objects

  • electrical hazards
  • hazardous materials

Properties are sometimes surrounded by high fences with sharp tops. Often barbed wire is used and fences are sometimes electrified. Persons climbing fences can fall, be cut or impaled by barbed wire or a sharp top, or receive an electrical shock.

Children and adults may think it adventuresome to explore dumps, but these areas are extremely dangerous. Besides sustaining cuts and broken bones from falls, children and adults have died when companions locked them in discarded equipment. Also, persons operating heavy equipment in these areas cannot always see persons rummaging through the debris and could run over them.

Docks, pilings, barges (and other waterFront areas) abound with dangers that cause slips, falls, drownings and other accidents. Persons who fish around these areas are targets for many types of accidents. Structures such as buildings, piers, breakwaters, or jetties are all dangerous.

There have been many accidents resulting in serious injuries involving all-terrain vehicles, off-road vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and four-wheel drive vehicles over the past few years.

A number of serious injuries and deaths have resulted from loss of control, unfamiliar surroundings, flip over or roll over. This can result from many different factors, including suddenly encountering a hole, obstruction, or change in terrain, or even a sudden change in momentum due to swerving to avoid an obstacle.

Many owners and operators of these vehicles are either unaware of the potential hazards associated with these vehicles or they have not been properly trained in safety measures. These vehicles have a handling characteristic that requires riders/drivers to have unique riding or driving skills to operate them safely.