Resembling clips from cult ‘90s television show Australia’s Funniest Home Videos, the footage has been released by Metro Trains to illustrate the perils of rushing on platforms as part of a campaign dubbed “Check Yourself Around Trains”.
Jeroen Weimar, head of Transport Services at the Department of Transport, said more than 1000 avoidable slips, trips and falls have occurred across the network in the past year, with many of the injured needing medical treatment and delaying trains.
Another 176 commuters were captured on CCTV forcing train doors open.
“People slipping on escalators or rushing to board trains and trying to open doors, not only is this hugely dangerous to individuals … it also causes inconvenience to everyone else on the network,” Mr Weimar said.
“We’re running more trains than ever before and if you’re just about to miss one train, there will be one along just behind it.”
Mr Weimar said the CCTV clips released on Wednesday highlighted some of the very worst incidents captured across the network last year.
He said while some were “too horrid” to detail due to the injuries caused by pushing and jostling on escalators, those released should serve as a warning to commuters to check themselves around trains, pay attention and avoid rushing.
“We saw an incident only last year where an individual did rush for a train [and] ended up being dragged along the platform and was seriously injured.”
Other CCTV recordings released by Metro Trains this week included footage of one unlucky man who failed in his attempt to jump over the myki gates and fell face-first onto the concrete.
Public Transport Users Association spokesman Daniel Bowden said more frequent trains would help prevent the need for passengers to rush.
“Overtime, it would be good to see the government commit to investing in more frequent train services across Melbourne. At the moment you might wait 20, 30, 40 minutes on some lines,” he said.
“Safety is a critical concern obviously, and encouraging people to be safe around public transport is an important message, [but] train services in general need to be updated. More frequent train services would help stop people needing to rush.”
Metro said delaying a single train by a matter of seconds at each station can compound into several minutes by the end of the line, holding up passengers on every service behind it.
They said commuters can expect to see authorised officers and station staff out in force on platforms to ensure trains can depart safely and on time during the new campaign.
New mobile phone advertisements have also been launched to encourage passengers to remove their backpacks when boarding, move down the carriages and keep doors clear.
Those who hold open train doors or stop trains from moving can face fines of up to $403 for each offence.
Metro CEO Raymond O’Flaherty said small changes in behaviour around trains could make a huge difference to the experience of all passengers.
“We ask that people consider their own safety at all times, avoid forcing open train doors, and be courteous to fellow passengers during their journey,” Mr O’Flaherty said.
Erin covers crime for The Age. Most recently she was a police reporter at the Geelong Advertiser.