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Review: The Rail Safety Summit 2019

This year’s event was the tenth annual Safety Summit. Nonetheless a number of themes featured in the first Safety Summit are evidently...

Interim report on Port Talbot track worker fatalities reveals “there was no safe system of work in place”

Network Rail has released an interim report into the fatalities that occurred at Margam, near Port Talbot in South Wales, on 3 July 2019....

Rail Safety Week

Whether it’s the introduction of new rolling stock, timetables or a company structure, change poses a risk to safety and must be...

Training in the virtual world

Stewart Thorpe tests out two of the latest virtual reality training tools With a whistle pressed...

Network health clinics

Stewart Thorpe went to the doctors to learn about a bold new approach to occupational health

Safety gear and tech of the future

Stewart Thorpe shines the spotlight on five innovative new safety products for the rail industry which could become commonplace in the workplace

Safestart: Wellingtons, wellbeing and an end to whistles, horns and detonators?

Passenger, worker and community safety is paramount to the operation of the country’s railways. Such is the close relationship between the two...

Health, High Output and the new community Challenge

“Basically, it’s Weight Watchers with your mates at work,” explained Steve Featherstone, Network Rail’s track programme director, who is putting his weight behind a new health challenge launched in February.  His description of the project might be brief, but its potential impact is anything but.  A different type of enhancement programme Titled the Track Safety…

RSSB’s Annual Health and Wellbeing Conference

Topics included the effectiveness of mental health first aid, establishing credible benchmarks and rail’s occupational health struggle RSSB’s chief...

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...