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Call for volunteers to tell “sad and costly story” behind Britain’s railways

Volunteers are being sought to help to tell the "sad and costly story" behind Britain’s railways by transcribing a historic railway trade union notebook from 1901-1905. Led...

How a revised standard will change the way fatigue is managed

Being tired was never really considered a cause of safety incidents - at best its role was underestimated. That was the view back in...

Rail Safety Summit 2018: Light rail regulation, route devolution and mental health

It was my privilege to open and host the 11th Rail Safety Summit on 1 November at the prestigious offices of Addleshaw Goddard in...

A holistic approach to health and wellbeing

Report by Niamh McMahon, health and wellbeing specialist, RSSB   At RSSB the topic of employee health and wellbeing in the rail industry is not a...

Eye on safety

Eye protection worn by Network Rail staff must conform to the EN 166 standard. It is the basic requirement all safety glasses must meet...

PPE of yesterday, today and tomorrow

Records have shown that rail workers have equipped themselves with personal protective equipment (PPE) since the 19th century. As industry safety practices have been...

Track Safety Alliance on tour

More delegates than ever before attended the latest Track Safety Alliance (TSA) conference in October, which was held away from Network Rail’s Westwood training...

Safety Sword for Mark Carne

Former chief executive Mark Carne was presented with a ceremonial sword before leaving Network Rail in recognition of his contribution to improving its safety...

Training an Orange Army of life savers

Fabrice Muamba was one of the lucky ones. On 17 March, 2012, the former footballer collapsed on the field during a match. A cardiac...

RailSport 2018: Speed, stamina and passion at the 25th annual games

Between 8-9 September, the long-running industry sports event welcomed hundreds of competitors back to Loughborough to challenge rivals old and new for a RailSport...

What steps are being taken to reduce the risk posed by working at height?

Working at height is a common scenario on worksites. It can include anything from using a ladder to working on a flat roof.  Anywhere...

Edinburgh launches competition to create tram driver monitoring system

An open challenge has been launched to find and fund a solution to detect when a tram driver might be about to lose consciousness. Spearheaded...

Grayling chooses replacement for ORR chair Stephen Glaister

A former airport CEO is set to replace Stephen Glaister as the chair of the Office of Rail and Road (ORR). Declan Collier, who recently left London City...

ORR urges industry to do more to support its workforce

The ORR’s director of railway safety has said he fears there could be a disconnect between frontline staff and management if the industry doesn’t...

Cycle to Work scheme: Why ditch the steering wheel for the saddle?

Doubts about his fitness discouraged Martin Ward from ever attempting the long cycle to work. That was until a major fault to his car...

Firms urged to prevent work-related lung cancer

Rail companies have been urged to take action to reduce the number of deaths from work-related lung cancers. On World Lung Cancer Day, the Institute...

The Rail Safety Summit: A safer railway for CP6

While the statistics show that working on the railway in 2018 is a far safer vocation than it was decades ago, staff still face...

Specialist police medics now being deployed on bikes in London

BTP's specialist police medics in London were deployed on bikes for the first time over the weekend in a move to decrease their deployment...