Safety

Ballast scratched boots, shared experiences and the “go to jail card”

Report By Colin Wheeler Almost all of my railway civil engineering experience was with British Railways before the unlamented Railtrack was formed. As a graduate...

Rail still safer and greener than road

Britain’s railways remain the safest and greenest forms of land transport, but there is no room for complacency. The independent rail safety body RSSB has...

Rail still safer and greener than road

Britain’s railways remain the safest and greenest forms of land transport, but there is no room for complacency. The independent rail safety body RSSB has...

How post Covid working should become safer

In this issue's report Colin Wheeler covers RAIB's annual report for 2020, the retirement of Simon French, accidents, near misses, no more lows and...

White zone working is needed to change our rail safety culture!

30 year old track patroller fatally injured near surbiton and RAIB publish report on fatal accident to vision impaired passenger at Eden Park station. There...

KeolisAmey Metrolink strengthens commitment to employee safety

KeolisAmey Metrolink (KAM) has made it easier for its employees to speak up about health and safety concerns by becoming a member of CIRAS...

Runaways, overspending and mutual understanding

Without good communication, getting the safety message across becomes impossible. In his first safety report of the new year, Colin Wheeler stresses the importance of...

Mechan given safety accolade by Siemens Mobility

Sheffield-based Mechan has received recognition from one of the world’s largest rail industry companies for its positive impact on the safety of depot workers. The...

RAIB investigates train overspeeding in Aberdeenshire

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch is looking into how two trains went through an emergency speed restriction between Laurencekirk and Portlethen, Aberdeenshire, on 4...

New health and safety passport for HS2 workers

HS2 is working with Midland-based Biosite to develop a new initiative that will boost health and safety and competency insight across the supply chain The...

RAIB issues safety message after derailment at Bognor Regis

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has released a Safety Digest covering a recent derailment at Bognor Regis station. On 22 October 2020, at around...

Is white-zone working the answer for the future?

Now that the report on the fatal accident at Margam has been released, it is time to make sure such an incident can never...

Safety is all about people

In a footnote to his main article, Colin Wheeler asks whether the lack of face-to-face communication is resulting in an increase in accidents and...

BTP celebrates five years of Project Servator

Under Project Servator, unpredictable, highly visible and intelligence-led British Transport Police (BTP) patrols disrupt a wide range of criminal activity, including terrorism, while providing...

Railway contractor HQ obtains world-first IMMUNE certification

International consultancy and construction company Mace. Which refurbished Birmingham New Street station and is in the process of delivering Brent Cross West, has obtained...

RAIB issues Urgent Safety Advice to freight wagon maintainers

Following the derailment and a fire involving a tanker train at Llangennech, Carmarthenshire, on 26 August 2020, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has...

Pedestrian saved by dog on railway crossing

Only the actions of his dog saved a pedestrian, who was wearing headphones when using a footpath level crossing in East Yorkshire, as he...

Rail companies work with police to promote use of face coverings

The British Transport Police is working with four train companies, Great Northern, Southeastern, Southern and Thameslink, as part of a new pilot in London...