All railroads strive to reduce accidents and injuries, so reflecting this mandate on my layout is an opportunity to create a small diorama within the layout.
The large banner on the side of the Engine Maintenance and Repair Shop draws the eye. Using my computer and Photoshop software I was able to take the classic poster of the engine that had fallen out of the station platform in Paris and build a safety poster, “Safety is a Choice, Not a Chance.”
Directly below the poster are a couple of employees proudly changing the workplace accident sign from 12 to “13 Days Without an Accident.” The ladder has been placed on top of an old trailer, and is not quite long enough, forcing the worker to stand on the top rung. His aid and spotter is neither holding the ladder or spotting his companion and is occupied with reading the poster.
As there is no ladder to the top of the trailer, we must assume that both men used the same ladder to climb to the roof of the trailer and then lifted the ladder to the sign.
All the signs in this scene were created on my computer.