Taipei, December 2 (CNA) Transport Minister Wang Kwo-tsai (çå æ) said on Thursday that he had ordered the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) to erect higher fences between the tracks nearby railroads and construction sites and that contractors should work during off-peak hours. Hours of operation.
His remarks came during a Legislative Yuan Transportation Committee hearing after a pile of steel used at a TRA construction site fell and struck a Taroko Express train on Wednesday morning.
No injuries were reported, but the accident resulted in the suspension of the project, which is taking place near the railway line between Dali and Fulong stations along the eastern TRA line, pending ‘investigation.
According to TRA, the construction site, located 5-8 meters from the railroad tracks, is part of a six-year project to stabilize slopes along the railroad tracks. Currently, anything within three meters of the center of a railway line is designated as an exclusion zone.
During the legislative hearing, Wang told lawmakers that the fences adjacent to the lanes will be increased by two meters in height at the construction site, and the same will also be done in four similar TRA projects.
Meanwhile, the transport chief said he had ordered the train operator to order contractors to work off-peak hours at night whenever possible.
Wang said he was “extremely ashamed” of TRA after nine security incidents in the past three months, mostly due to negligence.
After the accident on Wednesday, Wang said that day he ordered the dismissal of the head of the construction department of TRA, one of its four main units overseeing the safety of train travel, following suit. to a threat he made during a recent meeting with officials from TRA Rail Safety.
Whether it was an error or an accident, the steel pile should not have been able to fall into the exclusion zone, he said, adding that the TRA had to bring improvements in several areas.