In the spotlight today is VolkerRail

Stuart Spriggs is the HSQE director for VolkerRail and is taking on the role of Rail Safety Week Champion.  Stuart has been planning numerous events across the week to drive the rail safety message home within the company.

VolkerRail’s contribution to supporting Rail Safety Week is as follows;

Rail Safety Week is an industry led initiative focusing on rail safety for all. VolkerRail has taken up the challenge and will be focussing on hazard/close call identification and management for this week, which is being publicised across the industry.

Between Monday 26 and Sunday 2 October, all worksites, depots and site office locations will have daily (or per shift) hazard spotting exercises planned into the day, using the existing processes but taking note of the amount of hazards raised/closed locally; using photos as a visual feedback mechanism to all. Results will be displayed on noticeboards or other accessible visual areas.

In addition, for worksites/work areas, shift changeover sheets (short questionnaire) will be used to determine issues inherited and actioned before start of works.

Throughout the week SMT members will also visit worksites, depots and site office locations where they will note all existing hazards and housekeeping issues etc. and score accordingly; taking into account those already spotted/addressed/closed etc.

All hazard/close call data, shift changeover sheets and SMT feedback will be reviewed by the SMT and publicised (internally and externally) with special recognition given to the best worksites, depots, site offices and individuals that are really engaged and making a difference.

For more information on any of the above or if you would like to speak with Stuart from VolkerRail, please contact Alan Tarrant for details

In the spotlight today… could be you!

Please email over what you and your colleagues are up to during Rail Safety Week and we will detail everything in one of our newsletters.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

Please email alan@railsafetyweek.co.uk and let us know your plans

In the spotlight today is Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership

Sally Buttifant is the rail officer and is taking on the role of Rail Safety Week Champion.  Sally has been planning numerous events across the week to drive the rail safety message home within the company.

Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership’s contribution to supporting Rail Safety Week is as follows;

Monday 26th – session with young people on rail safety at Ellesmere Port Station

Tuesday 27th – promoting volunteering on the railway and rail safety at the DFT Community Rail Market Place event at DFT offices in London

Thursday 29th September – promoting community rail and rail safety at the National Community Rail Awards in Southport

For more information on any of the above or if you would like to speak with Sally from Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership, please contact Alan Tarrant for details

In the spotlight today is Colas Rail

Osa Aiwerioghene is the Safety Systems Manager for Colas Rail, taking on the role of Rail Safety Week Champion for the Colas throughout the UK.  Osa has been planning numerous events across the week to drive the rail safety message home within the company.

Colas Rail’s contribution to supporting Rail Safety Week is as follows;

  1. Face to face briefings with focus on risk specific to project / discipline e.g. SPAD awareness.
  2. Close Call championing; cards for specific Close Call themes per day e.g. ballast dust, poor resourcing /planning. Prize for best HIPO Close Call of the week.
  3. Site Inspection day.
  4. Site verification visits (lead engineers).
  5. Walk out Wednesday Safety Conversations on site Buddy up with MDs, Directors, Safety & Sustainability Community.
  6. Feedback mechanism: You said / we did boards in SAC cabins, plus good practice recognised for each shift, splash page updates on number of Close Calls and safety visits etc.

For more information on any of the above or if you would like to speak with Osa, please contact Alan Tarrant for details

In the spotlight today is Arup

Chris Baines is Rail Safety Co-ordinator for Arup, taking on the role of Rail Safety Week Champion for Arup throughout the UK.  Chris has been planning numerous events across the week to drive the rail safety message home within the company.

Arup’s contribution to supporting Rail Safety Week is as follows;

Events going on in Arup Campus (Solihull Office) during Rail Safety Week:

Monday 26th 14:00 to 16:00 – HS2 Project Induction and Risk Assessment Briefing
Wednesday 28th –  14:00 to 16:00 Rail Team Safety Induction
Friday 30th 10:00 to 12:00 – HS2 Project Induction and Risk Assessment Briefing

The HS2 inductions are given to all staff working on the project and details the project specific requirements which are aligned to Arup’s Rail Business Management System requirements. The Risk Assessment Briefing is an hour long session where the risks associated with survey work is briefed to the staff attending the Induction. This ensures that everyone working on the project get briefed on the risk associated with the task being carried out.

Our Rail Team Safety Inductions are given to all staff working for the core rail teams in Arup and anyone working on a rail project and includes details of the rail specific policies and procedures which apply to any project linked to the Rail Business regardless of whether it’s a NR project or a Heritage  Railway. Details of the Sentinel scheme and the CIRAS website are given as well as our stop work policy and Close Call Reporting process.

For more information on any of the above or if you would like to speak with Chris from Arup, please contact Alan Tarrant for details

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