Appendix: Guideline for Bridge Safety Management with clarification comments on grey background

The objective of this Guideline is to provide railway companies with Transport Canada’s (TC) expectations with respect to bridge safety.

The responsibility of a railway company is to ensure the safety of its operation and consequently, that bridges retain their structural integrity, and do not suffer catastrophic failures or undesired events resulting in death, injury, environmental damage, property damage or other loss.

The railway authority, whose track passes under an overhead bridge for which the railway authority does not have inspection and maintenance responsibilities, should provide reasonable assurance that safe railway operations are not threatened by its condition.

Section Analysis - Foreword

This Guideline was developed in consultation with the Railway Industry, and is harmonized to the extent possible with the U.S. Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) “Bridge Safety Standards”.

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