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Knowledge of pantry car staff in using fire fighting equipment to be assessed
Stern action to be initiated against staff found violating the safety norms
TIRUCHI: Concerned over incidents of fire in pantry cars in long distance trains, the Railway Board has asked railway officials across the country to ensure that safety norms in pantry cars were strictly complied with.
The Railway Board in a written communication circulated to all General Managers of railways has given a list of do's and don'ts to maintain safety and prevent fire accidents in pantry cars.
The Board has asked railway officials to check the knowledge of pantry car staff in using fire fighting equipment every three months.
The officials have also been asked to ensure that fire fighting equipment available in the pantry cars were in working condition and placed in proper position.
Ensure availability of safety certificate of pantry car from both mechanical and electrical branches for every departing train; check the expiry date of fire extinguisher every three months; ensure that fire alarm system were in working condition and kitchen appliances had ISI certificate are some of few do's which the Board has listed out to ensure that they were strictly complied with.
The Board has also said that pantry car staff of the private contractors on board trains should be trained in first aid and keep themselves aware of the procedures while handling disasters.
Private operators connected with pantry car services should certify that their onboard staff were trained in first aid and that every staff of pantry cars should have proper photo identity card.
With regard to don'ts, the Board has made it clear that smoking should be prohibited in pantry cars.
Throwing oil-soaked cloth carelessly; throwing burning match stick carelessly should be avoided.
Wiring in the pantry cars should not be loose or hanging.
Railway sources said the General Managers have been requested to ensure that these safety norms were strictly complied with. Stern action should be taken against staff found violating these safety norms, the Board further said in its communication.
The Chennai Egmore – Tiruchi – Chennai Egmore Pallavan Express; Chennai Egmore – Guruvayur – Chennai Egmore Guruvayur Express, Chennai Egmore – Madurai – Chennai Egmore Vaigai Express and Tiruchi – Howrah – Tiruchi express are some of the long distance trains originating from Tiruchi and passing via Tiruchi that are attached with pantry cars.
The sources said the Board's communication had been circulated to Divisional Railway Managers of Chennai, Tiruchi, Madurai, Salem, Palakkad and Thiruvananthapuram Divisions from the Southern Railway headquarters.
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