Archive for category: HSEQ

ÖBB to begin wider rollout of staff body cams

Austria’s national rail operator, ÖBB, is planning to extend the rollout of body cams to its staff following a succesful trial at the start of this year. From June, train staff across the network will also wear body cams. It follows trials at stations in Linz, Vienna and Graz earlier in the year. A pilot […]
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RSSB to roll out trial Rule Book app

Guards at South West Trains are testing out a new mobile app designed to give rail staff easier access to the Rule Book. Around 800 of the TOC’s guards will be trialling and providing feedback on the smartphone app with the hope the RSSB-led initiative will be made available for the whole industry in late […]

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DOO – Analysed & Explained

The term DOO (Driver Only Operation) has created mayhem in railway circles recently, with much publicised industrial action taking place that has caused misery to thousands of rail travellers. Widespread comment has appeared in the national and local press, rail magazines, radio and TV programmes and indeed questions have been bandied about in parliament. As […]

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Queensland adopts national rail safety regulator

Queensland’s parliament has passed a piece of legislation that will bring the state’s railways under the authority of Australia’s national rail regulator. The decision means the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) now overseas rail safety regulation in every Australian state and territory. The Rail Safety National Law (Queensland) Bill 2016, which was enacted by […]
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Health and Safety Laboratory – a national asset and hidden treasure

The spa town of Buxton in Derbyshire is the highest market town in England and a gateway to the Peak District National Park. It is close to the county boundary with Cheshire to the west and Staffordshire to the south. There is a mixed economy of tourism, retail, quarrying, scientific research, light industry and mineral […]
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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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