Working trackside can be a challenging existence. Long night shifts in miserable weather are written into the job description. Dave Lee has spent most of his career on construction sites. For five years, he worked on the railway doing everything...
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Suicide prevention in East Anglia

Greater Anglia staff have staged 32 potentially life-saving interventions at stations across its network in the first eight months of this year. Suicide prevention manager Yvonne Monaghan said: "For every life lost, six are saved and we’re very proud of...

Co-operation over criticism

Mandy Geal, founder of culture change specialist Learning Partners, calls on the industry to drive out the blame games Have you ever been blamed for something at work that you...
Ill health costs the UK rail industry around £790 million a year. It is a staggering figure which demonstrates why health and wellbeing matters as much to the finance director as it does to those at risk on the...

Crossrail: reaching new heights

There's far more to Crossrail than a 73-mile railway. Stewart Thorpe discovers how the project has helped to set new wellbeing standards.  Accident levels during the construction of the Olympic Park, in preparation for London 2012, were recognised as exemplary...
David Masters, Samaritans' rail programme communications lead, highlights the great work Samaritans volunteers have been doing since 2010 to support rail staff after traumatic rail incidents.   When a person loses their life on the rail network, the emotional impact on...
Nayia Solea, occupational health & wellbeing specialist at Siemens Mobility, talks about master plans and misunderstandings There is no doubt that mental health is a hugely important subject to address,...
Stress and mental health problems are the leading causes of long-term absence in the rail industry but this could be reduced if line managers received better training. That is according to the RSSB, which has launched the findings as part...
The efforts to give mental health and wellbeing issues the attention and support that they deserve have been significant in recent years. Campaigners from across the third sector, government, public bodies and business have worked tirelessly to develop and...
Network Rail's chief executive, Mark Carne, gave a frank reply when asked if he thought the organisation was doing enough to prioritise mental health: “No. I don’t believe we are.” With around 38,000 members of staff, Network Rail is one of...

RailStaff December: Railway royalty

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West Coast appointments

Christmas work