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Establishment of Rail Accident Investigation Branch


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Department for Transport

Establishment of Rail Accident Investigation Branch
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date
18 Jul 2002 00:00
source Department for Transport
type Press release



Alistair Darling, Secretary of State for Transport launched a consultation on the setting up of a new independent Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) today.

The creation of the branch is central to meeting recommendations made by Lord Cullen's Inquiry into the rail crash at Ladbroke Grove. Government proposals would:

- create an independent rail accident investigator whose sole focus is to establish the causes of accidents and promulgate safety lessons throughout the rail industry

- provide for the working arrangements of RAIB and its interfaces with other investigators

- create the structure and governance of RAIB

- provide a no-blame rail accident investigative service for all parts of Great Britain.

Alistair Darling said:

"There is a clear need to establish a dedicated independent investigative branch that can look for the root causes of accidents and promulgate safety lessons throughout the industry in a blame-free way."

"Safety is of paramount importance and these proposals will ensure that accident investigation is carried out separately from safety regulation. "

Notes to Editors

1. The Consultation Document 'Establishment of a Rail Accident Investigation Branch' has been sent direct to consultees such as train operating companies, rail freight operators, the railway industry, local government bodies, passenger groups and other interested bodies. It is available on the DfT website at www.dft.gov.uk. The proposals are the detailed means to implement policy intentions announced to Parliament in June 2001. Comments have been invited by 10 October.

2. The Ladbroke Grove Rail Inquiry Part 2 Report was published by the Health and Safety Commission (HSC) on 20 September 2001. It included 74 recommendation that the Secretary of State asked HSC to ensure are acted upon and implemented. 17 of these recommendations (57-73) concern accident investigation. Some apply solely to industry investigations and inquires, but the creation of the RAIB, with appropriate powers and duties is essential to most of them.

3. The Parliamentary timetable will not permit responsibility for the investigation of rail accidents to transfer from the Health and Safety Executive to RAIB by September 2002, as recommended by Lord Cullen. The industry, HSE and BTP will continue to undertake detailed investigations for their own purposes.

4. The investigation of any accidents which occur before the establishment of the RAIB will be undertaken using existing arrangements.

Press Enquires: 020 7944 3108 Out of Hours: 020 7944 5925 E-mail: press@odpm-dft.gov.uk
Public Enquiries: 020 7944 3000
Department for Transport Website: http://www.dft.gov.uk



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