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2001-02-12 RSA-001
Railway Safety


Industry sets tough new targets for safety

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Railway Safety

Industry sets tough new targets for safety

12 February 2001
source Railway Safety
type Press release

A TOUGH zero tolerance approach to unsafe acts has been adopted by the rail industry in the Railway Group Safety Plan 2001/2.

The Railway Group Safety Plan - the industry's safety blueprint for the decade - has a number of demanding targets to help improve safety performance.

Tough objectives are laid down in five key areas: risk management strategy, catastrophic risks (events with potential to cause a multi-fatality accident), passenger safety and security, public safety and workforce safety. Progress against the 2000/1 objectives is also measured and reported.

The plan adopts a long-term goal of reducing to zero the number of events with potential to cause a collision or derailment and that are under the direct control of the Railway Group (Railtrack, train and station operators, and infrastructure maintenance companies).

This is one of the key objectives for the industry. The plan says the zero tolerance concept must become integral to the industry's safety culture and it urges all staff not to tolerate any unsafe acts and conditions that could result in a safety incident or accident.

Railway Safety Chairman Sir David Davies said: "Zero tolerance is about never giving up on trying to improve safety whether you are a manager or a frontline member of staff. It's about management constantly striving for safer and better ways of operating, and about frontline staff taking daily responsibility for their own actions and establishing a safety culture which aims to reinforce safe practices."

As with other industries the most effective way of improving safety is to drive down and if possible eradicate events and procedures which can represent a serious safety risk. This is done by analysing past safety incidents and events with potential risk to identify key factors (or precursors) that could lead to accidents.

Headline objectives for improving safety performance are targeted at three key precursors which contribute the greatest risk of collision and derailment: signals passed at danger (SPADs), track and vehicle defects, and the consequences of vandalism. Actions to achieve these include: due diligence checks to ensure all safety critical work carried out by third party contractors is done to required standards; developing a risk-based approach to SPADs; encouraging prosecution of vandals; and elimination of lineside materials and reviewing fencing strategy.

Each Railway Group member will develop and publish its own detailed company plan which will contain safety objectives relevant to each company and which will contribute to the achievement of the Railway Group objective.

Sir David Davies says in the report that Railway Safety is committed to leading and supporting the industry "to ensure unsafe practices are a thing of the past."


Press inquiries for journalists only: Alison Flynn on 020 7904 7524

Email: enquiries@railwaysafety.org.uk

Concerns about operational safety on the Railway should be reported to Railtrack's 24-hour helpline on 0845 711 4141.

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