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Railway safety

Rumo is continuously developing measures to foster railway safety. Information campaigns help reduce accidents around level crossings in the six states in which the Company operates. Warning signs such as "Stop, look and listen!" highlight the need for precautions are publicized in schools, communities and the general population. Trains have preference on crossings. Even when they use emergency brakes, they do not stop immediately due to the characteristics of rail transport. Therefore, safety requires our attention.

Safety Diagnosis
Rumo carries out Safety Diagnosis

In April and May, Rumo carried out the Safety Diagnosis, a major research aimed to help the Company understand its current safety stage and the initiatives it needs to implement in order to eliminate occupational accidents.

Rumo’s Occupational Health and Safety (SST) team used the Hearts and Minds method, applied to Grupo Cosan, and interviewed nearly three thousand employees in order to get to the result, which showed that the Company has greatly improved, but still needs to work to achieve zero accident levels.

According to the research classification, Rumo is currently on the "Calculative" level of occupational safety, which means that employees are aware of the rules and procedures, but do not act safely on their own, they still need constant supervision or guidance from their leaders.

Based on this result, the SST team designed a plan that includes 17 initiatives that must be implemented by December 2019, in order to reach the "Proactive" level. At that stage, safety is indeed an indispensable value in any daily activity.

Occupational accidents fell by 62% between 2014 and 2017 at the Company, thanks to the efforts devoted to the Rumo Zero Accident Program and the constant contributions on the Company’s daily safe behaviors. By implementing this action plan and with everyone’s commitment, it will be possible to eliminate occupational accidents at the Company.


Precautions prevent accidents around level crossings. Before crossing a railway, drivers and pedestrians should recall certain procedures:

- Stop, look and listen! Train whistles are used to preserve your safety. "Take earphones off and put your phone in your pocket."
- Stay at a safe distance and never park near a railway line.
- Only approach the railway when a train has passed through into the distance and you are sure that there is not a new train approaching.
- Move forward over the crossing safely and avoid endangering your life.


Rumo organizes regular educational workshops for schools near railway lines. Special attention is paid to help children and teens disseminate safety information. Learning occurs through play and games. With the help of the schools themselves, the project is reaching more than 1,000 students every year.


Safety-related initiatives directly involve communities around railway lines. The themes covered go beyond precautionary measures for level crossings. While avoiding accidents, the projects encourage respect for the environment, care of public spaces, and community well-being. Participants become more aware of the risks of practices such as train-roof `surfing` or crossing bridges. Communities themselves help spread information on trespassing railway areas due to the risk involved for children, young people and adults.

Safety sessions

Railway safety depends on everybody working together, especially truckers, drivers, motorcyclists and pedestrians who often cross railway lines at ports, logistics terminals and railway centers. This is the focus for our program that holds breakfast safety session, an initiative that brings together the community to spread information that saves lives. The program‘s latest events were held in Curitiba (PR), Paranaguá (PR), Santos (SP), Rondonópolis (MT) and São Francisco do Sul (SC).

Awareness from an early age

Due to the importance of railway safety for communities living near railway lines, Rumo covers this theme in projects for schools and through commemorative events and we have published a book on railway safety for children, which was written by children from Paraná, Santa Catarina and São Paulo after railway staff visited schools to talk about safety and the importance of rail transportation for Brazil. This mobilization was part of 2016‘s Railway Day (April 30) celebrations.