Archive for category: HSEQ

Getting active in 2017

Is staff wellbeing treated as seriously as it deserves to be? An engineer working on site will be issued with ear defenders to protect their hearing and steel-toe-capped boots to deflect the blow of a heavy falling object, but many of the factors that can impact on the health and wellbeing occur before they come […]

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Embedding safety into 4LM

Managing risk on a project isn’t just about being the safety police, says Sarah; it is much more important to support and encourage safe practice. On something like the Four Lines Modernisation (4LM) project, probably one of the largest and most complex resignalling programmes in the world, that philosophy is being put to the test. […]

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Self-powered, wireless sensors backed to improve level crossing safety in UK

shutterstock_44284288A researcher at the University of Huddersfield has proposed using a network of wireless sensors powered by track vibrations to improve safety at level crossings. Through funding from the UK’s[...]
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Not just dust – Rail’s role in cross-industry drive to tackle silica dust

Ballast 4Representatives from the rail sector were involved in a cross-industry debate to develop a new, more collaborative approach to controlling silica dust in the workplace. High above the part-transport hub, part-construction site that presently is London Bridge station, a common hazard facing rail workers was being discussed. Sat around a table on the 34th floor of […]
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Facing up to fatigue

As an industry that works such unsociable hours in high pressure environments, railway staff are familiar with fatigue in the workplace. In a safety critical environment, tiredness can most certainly kill. Since the creation of the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) in 2005, there have been a number of accidents...
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Crossrails Wallasea Island RSPB nature reserve ready thanks to BAM Nuttall

Crossrail has taken another step towards the creation of a new 1,500 acre RSPB nature reserve with the completion of a new 180 metre jetty at Wallasea Island in Essex.  The jetty will receive in the order of 4.5 million tonnes of material excavated du...
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Crossrails Wallasea Island RSPB nature reserve ready thanks to BAM Nuttall

Crossrail has taken another step towards the creation of a new 1,500 acre RSPB nature reserve with the completion of a new 180 metre jetty at Wallasea Island in Essex.  The jetty will receive in the order of 4.5 million tonnes of material excavated du...
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Colin Wheeler writes… Rail Safety Summit 2012

Written by Colin Wheeler One hundred and sixty attended the Rail Safety Summit on April 19th at Loughborough University. Ninety separate companies and organisations attended. Whilst the industry is vibrant, healthy and growing, work is uneven and Gover...
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Colin Wheeler writes… Rail Safety Summit 2012

Written by Colin Wheeler One hundred and sixty attended the Rail Safety Summit on April 19th at Loughborough University. Ninety separate companies and organisations attended. Whilst the industry is vibrant, healthy and growing, work is uneven and Gover...
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Network Rail fined £150,000 over rail worker incidents

Network Rail has been fined £150,000 and ordered to pay costs of £32,500 following a prosecution brought by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) for breaches of health and safety law which led to the death of one Network Rail maintenance worker, and t...
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Network Rail plans to reduce level crossing misuse in Lincoln

Network Rail is developing plans to reduce the risk of misuse at High Street and Brayford Wharf level crossings in Lincoln. The company is seeking to improve pedestrian access around the city through provision of two new footbridges and is now inviting...
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