Queensland Rail has shared CCTV footage of several people falling through the gap between train and platform, as the number of accidents continues to rise.
In the video, a woman is seen attempting to board a train from the suburb of Darra in Brisbane, when she loses her balance and falls headfirst under the train.
A man who had been exiting the train, rushed to her aid along with another passenger, pulling the woman to her feet and back onto the platform.
Queensland Rail’s head of South East Queensland, Scott Riedel, said the number of gap-related accidents had risen in recent years, more than doubling between 2020 and 2021.
Last year, 54 accidents were recorded while in 2021, 21 people fell through the gaps, most commonly in Brisbane’s busiest stations.
“This is a concerning increase and serves as a stark reminder that people, and especially children, can fall in the gap between a train and platform when not paying enough attention,” Mr Riedel said.
“While small children can often fit through the gap, a larger child or adult can still sustain a painful injury if a limb slips between the train and platform.”
In a separate filmed incident, a mother and son are seen boarding a train in Brisbane, before the young boy falls through the gap between train and platform.
The boy is pulled from beneath the train and continues to board safely.
Mr Riedel urged parents of small children to be particularly careful when boarding and stepping off the train, adding most accidents are preventable.
“Keep your children close – if possible, hold their hands and talk to them about how to board and disembark safely,” he said.
“A moment of inattention or distraction is all it takes.”