Last week we reported that there were 36 members of the public fatally injured on railways, whilst this is obviously a concern, the annual health and safety report by the ORR shows a positive side to the industry by reporting that there were no recorded fatalities of workers on the UK’s railways.
Whilst this is good news, the report does also say that the industry “lags behind other comparable industries who better manage harm to their infrastructure workers.” Major harm amongst the workforce was reduced by 14%, but 37% of the 137 major injuries involved on-track infrastructure workers, indicating that more needs to be done in this area.
The industry is working hard to address the issue of safety. For example, Network Rail now ranks contractors such as ourselves on our health and safety, while the industry as a whole entered into an agreement with the HSE which, according to Ian Prosser Director of Railway Safety, ORR HM Chief Inspector of Railways, “delegates enforcement functions to us for health and safety law at the design stage of new-build railway infrastructure projects. This enables us to ensure the industry takes opportunities to eradicate and reduce risk at the design stage, which is when such risk management interventions are most effective and provide the best value for money.”
Progress is being made which is encouraging, but when you consider the scale of growth in the rail sector, which includes passenger levels increasing by 57% in the past 10 years and 1.69bn passenger journeys being made in 2015/2016, this focus on safety needs to continue.
Click here to download a copy of the “ORR’s Annual Health and Safety Report of Performance on Britain’s Railways: 2015-16”
Tue, 07/19/2016 – 20:16
ORR’s Annual Health and Safety Report of Performance of Britain’s Railways shows the industry is on the right track for safety.