What happened on day 5 of Rail Safety Week?

As Rail Safety Week 2016 draws to a close there is still plenty of events going on across the country. Today we take a look at what Amey have been doing across their sites, in their offices and also within the community.

Milo Lloyd gave a safety presentation to years 5 and 6 in Bathampton Primary School near Bath yesterday. Milo commented:

“I was really happy I got to attend that school as they have a user-worked crossing the railway at the end of their lane and several trains blew their horns as I was presenting so it felt like the right audience. I am booked in for Oldfield Park infant school on the 18th October for years 5/6 and am hopeful to attend Swainswick in the near future too.”

Tuesday in conjunction with Fujitsu their was a full morning demonstrating driver fatigue monitoring equipment.

Across the week Amey sites throughout the UK held also held driver safety sessions.

Robert Doyle, HSEQ Director said:

“Amey Rail has been busy during Rail Safety Week. The team had a great session at Amey’s depot in Moreton, with Fujitsu UK, on Tuesday, who showcased their driver drowsiness and lone worker solutions. One of Amey’s senior Rail Engineers, Milo Lloyd was also at Bathampton Primary School yesterday giving a talk on Rail safety, which was developed in conjunction with the Network Rail Community Safety team. Amey also had a driver safety session with our team in Swindon. Today the team are looking forward to meeting with British Transport Police to talk about a new campaign around trespass on the railways”






What happened on day 4 of Rail Safety Week?

Yesterday 20 pupils from St Pauls High School in Glasgow Southside participated in an on-train Travelling Classroom event.

The theme of the event focused on rail/track safety and coincided with Rail Safety Week. The event was organised by ScotRail in partnership with South West Glasgow Community Rail Partnership.

The pupils experienced an interactive learning session on rail and track safety using various engaging and interactive learning techniques. The pupils boarded the train at Pollokshaws station and were accompanied by ScotRail staff, teaching staff, CRP staff and volunteers from the South West Glasgow CRP. The pupils and staff fully engaged in the session and members of the public also got involved and were provided with Rail Safety information.

Allan Brooking (ScotRail Community Liaison Executive) commented:

“The event was a huge success, the travelling classroom initiative is an excellent way to get the importance of the rail safety message across as we can use visual scenarios while on the train. The enthusiasm of Kat Wilson who delivered the activities along with ScotRail staff, CRP staff and CRP volunteers created a fun and interactive learning session”

Theresa Martin (South West CRP Community Links Officer

” The Travelling Classroom event was a fantastic triumph, the children, staff and volunteers learned so much from the session activities and all really enjoyed the train journey. It is so important to get the messages about Rail Safety out there, the Travelling Classroom has proved to be a great way to accomplish this. South West Glasgow Community Rail Partnership and partners have taken all the feedback on board and will continue to promote the Rail Safety messages through our work”


What happened on day 3 of Rail Safety Week?

Wednesday saw us visit one of the North West’s busiest train stations, Manchester Piccadilly. Working with Network Rail, Tackling Track Safety, Manchester Metrolink, BTP Manchester, St John’s Ambulance & Manchester Fire Service we all set up stall on the main concourse in time for the morning rush.

Rail Safety Week & Network Rail spent the morning speaking to passengers from all walks of life advising on the do’s and don’ts when travelling on the network, as well has handing out freebies to passing people. One school group on their way to Prestatyn stopped by to watch a rail safety video followed by a short, fun quiz with Nick Jordan from Network Rail.

BTP Manchester were advising passengers on safety and security around the network, St Johns Ambulance were on hand with a lifelike dummy giving people critical first aid advice. The Fire Service were also on hand to advise on the do’s and don’ts when on the network and what their past experiences had been. Manchester Metrolink were speaking to passengers about safety when on their light rail network and were on hand to answer queries any passers-by had.

Nick Jordan, Community Safety Manager at Network Rail commented:

“Raising awareness for commuters is key, as Manchester Piccadilly is one the busiest stations not just with commuters but people shopping & getting food it’s a great platform for us to target people from all generations. We want people off the tracks, not only that we want them to understand why, a lot of people don’t understand the railways and that it is a 24/7 environment. We are giving them the facts so in their head they can risks assess it and know that going near the railway is not an option”

All in all, a fantastic day and most importantly we managed to reach out to a lot of people passing through the station.

Others events across the day:

Tackling Track Safety Project today started to broadcast to schools via Learn Live UK delivering the “Stay Off The Tracks” message. Across the week they will be reaching out to around 1800 school children.

Kier have been carrying out Risk Awareness Briefings with thier staff and site teams on Day 1. The focus is to improve awareness perception across our projects in spotting hazards and risks. The sessions have been held at their Signalling Projects across the South East and in our Head Office in Tempsford.

Network Rail on Gospel Oak to Barking are installing over 5km of new fencing to protect public and trespassers from the new 25kv overhead line.

BTP Euston Officers were at Watford Junction distributing ‘Lock Thieves Out’ leaflets.

J Murphy & Sons continued their excellent week with “Walkout Wednesday” where Project Managers, Site Managers and Advisers toured ites to engage operatives in safety conversations, raising close calls and identifying good practice.

BTP Cambridge visited Waterbeach level crossing advising the safety and dangers of level crossings.

Severnside Community Rail Partnership & BTP Bristol gave safety talks to 18th Bristol Cubs at Redland Station who were working towards their personal safety badges.

Amey Rail & Fujitsu UK gave their rail team a demo of the new driver fatigue monitoring equipment.

Costain Rail visited one of their sites at C412 Bond Street, Speedy Hire were available for Q&A after some demonstrations with their supply chain partners: Milwaukee – Had a pop-up tent with a range of cordless tools primarily focusing on Drilling & Breaking with the One Key technology. NLG – On hand to demonstrate Tool Tethering options to keep tools safe when working at height.

These were carried out at the Eastern Ticket Hall compound from 09:30 – 15:30.

Another fantastic day! #buildingsafetytogether
CIRAS is a totally independent system. It is governed by the “CIRAS Committee” which consists of representatives from the UK rail industry, Transport for London, UK Light Rail, Trams and other UK transport modes.

Contact CIRAS in confidence on:
Report hotline: 0800 4 101 101
Report textline: 07507 285 887

For more information on Rail Safety Week call 01244957221 or email alan@railsafetyweek.co.uk


What happened on day 2 of Rail Safety Week?

Yesterday we went to take a closer look at how HSQE Director Stuart Webster-Spriggs from VolkerRail was engaging with his workforce to drive home the importance of site safety and sub-standard conditions on worksites.

The visit took us to the impressive Hitachi IEP Depot in Doncaster where VolkerRail & VolkerFitzpatrick have been working for over 2 years. We were taken on a tour of the depot by Stuart & Kevin Shaw, Construction Manager to see if there were any potential hazards that needed addressing, afterwards Stuart explained:

“Providing a safe, responsible, efficient and healthy work environment to the benefit of all employees, sub-contractors and other stakeholders is key to our success. With over 500 major injuries according in the industry each year, we have to ensure safety is at the forefront of everyone’s minds. Events like this allow us to drive home its importance.”

Stuart followed on from the site visit with a full team brief on the importance of safety, health & wellbeing and not accepting sub-standard working conditions. One simple, but very effective idea Stuart implemented was for each member of staff to take just 15 minutes before each shift to check their worksite to make sure they are happy, and comfortable with the environment/worksite. Any potential hazards or dangers are then reported or dealt with prior to work taking place reducing the risk of injury. This was very well received by the team, and I’m sure will be equally well received across all Volker sites.


Others events across the day:

Day 2 of J Murphy & Sons week long campaign saw them on site in Manchester for ‘Talk Tuesday’. In line with the national British Heart Foundation Know Your Numbers campaign in September, their teams were involved in awareness sessions to understand tips to maintaining healthy blood pressure

Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership have been in London at the DfT Head Offices promoting the importance of rail safety for both workers and commuters along with Women in Community Rail.

TXM Plant have been on the road again with the safety bus visiting their sites across Southern/Birmingham addressing subjects such as driver safety, winter driving and fatigue.

Linbrooke have been promoting workforce and site safety at their Ferriby to Gilberdyke sites.

Stobart Rail have had a great day visiting Mission Grove Primary school with their new characters of the ‘Think Safety, Act Safely’ campaign.

Land Sheriffs have been carrying out operations safety briefs at Ingatestone Station helping keep children safe at the station.

ABC Electrification’s new ‘Safety Is’ campaign moved on to a new site at Fitton Airfield.

RSSB have continued their week long social media campaign posting extracts from historic rail safety guidance to show how things have changed. Some very interesting posts!

Arriva Trains Wales held a fun day at Llandudno Station with visits from local school children, with puppets & mascots from Magic Lights Productions. Rail safety based talks took place throughout the day. Looks like a fantastic day was had by all.

Network Rail, British Transport Police, Arriva Trains Wales & St Johns Ambulance held a stall at Newport Station handing out safety leaflets & goodies and continued to deliver the ‘Stay Off The Tracks’ message.
CIRAS is a totally independent system. It is governed by the “CIRAS Committee” which consists of representatives from the UK rail industry, Transport for London, UK Light Rail, Trams and other UK transport modes.

Contact CIRAS in confidence on:
Report hotline: 0800 4 101 101
Report textline: 07507 285 887

For more information on Rail Safety Week call 01244957221 or email alan@railsafetyweek.co.uk


What happened on day 1 of Rail Safety Week?

Day 1 –

After a damp start to the day the teams at Mersey Rail, Mid Cheshire Rail Community Partnership, BTP, Tackling Track Safety & RSW rallied on with plans to welcome class 5 students from Westminster Primary to Ellesmere Port Station at 0930 for a morning of fun safety based activities followed by a short train journey to Hooton Train station and back.
We then returned to the warmth of the station for some colouring and a short Q&A session with Mersey Rail before the children headed off with their hands full of goodies kindly donated by Mersey Rail, BTP & Rail Safety Week.

A special thanks to Sally Buttifant from Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership who organised a fun and informative morning.

• Network Rail – Tracey Young and the team at BTP handed out rail safety leaflets at Cardiff Central throughout the day.
• BTP – PSO Phillips conducted rail safety talks to school children in Oxfordshire.
• ABC Electrification – launched their “Safety is” campaign to run alongside the launch of Rail Safety Week. They aim to give their employees a better understanding of exactly what safety entails.
• Spence LTD – Grace Lucas has arranged for leaflets to be handed out at Euston station.
• TXM Plant – Kayleigh Lord, has made it possible for a fun bus to be traveling between Southern & Midlands stations, raising awareness of how important safety is. They also have a safety van parked at the stations.
• J Murphy and Sons – set up health hubs across their UK sites for their employees to get checked out and to promote health and well-being.

Aquarius Rail – In The Spotlight

With less than 3 weeks to go, lets have a look at what some companies are planning.

In the spotlight today is Aquarius Railroad Technologies LTD

Abi Broadley is the Business Development Director for Aquarius Rail and is taking on the role of Rail Safety Week Champion.  Abi has been planning numerous events across the week to drive the rail safety message home within the company.

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

With Rail Safety Week fast approaching here at Aquarius we’re getting geared up for the launch the first ‘Road2Rail Welfare’ with toilets for men and women, with a kitchen and a rest area. This will reduce the need to walk on track to welfare facilities off track. R2R Welfare will also improve staff well-being.

We hold toolbox talks within our company to reinforce the Network Rail Life saving rules with particular focus on fatigue management.

We are also looking to get customer involvement but details are to follow.

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

Ideagen – In The Spotlight

Ideagen is delighted to support Rail Safety Week, as we are committed to supporting the rail industry and the safety standards that underpin its everyday operations.  We see this initiative as being aligned to the vision that we and our customers in the industry share – making the UK rail sector a safer place.

Rail Marketing Executive, Greig Duncan, is to be Ideagen’s dedicated Rail Safety Week Champion. Ideagen will be increasing the awareness of rail safety to our social media followers during Rail Safety Week, including promoting blogs and customer case studies, and changing the branding on social media channels to help promote the week-long initiative. We will also be putting up posters across our UK offices to increase the awareness of RSW within Ideagen.

Ideagen is committed to providing practical solutions to the UK rail industry that encourage the positive and robust management of safety. Our products offer flexibility and efficiency – eliminating duplication, saving time and increasing the accuracy of data for reporting. We believe in supporting the rail industry in how it manages and gathers safety data to help make informed decisions and collect and manage critical safety data for investigations.

For more information, or to get contact details for Ideagen please contact alan@railsafetyweek.co.uk

Kier – In The Spotlight

Michael Somers is one the of the Safety Managers for Kier and has been committed to supporting Rail Safety Week for sometime now. Some of Kier’s plans across their projects for the week are;

• Risk Assessment Awareness training for our Site Operatives when working on sites and close proximity to the public to further improve the quality of close call reporting.

• Driving Awareness workshop. This is to improve driving awareness, risks on driving & fatigue etc..

• Regional Managers are holding Safety Breakfast on the Friday 29th September to review the discussions and learning from the Rail Safety Week.

In addition to the above Kier will be displaying RSW16 posters and media across some of their offices.

For more information on any of the above please contact alan@railsafetyweek.co.uk

Network Rail Wales Route – In The Spotlight

Tracey Jones is the Community Safety Manager for Network Rail Wales route and has been extremely busy organising teams from a variety of departments within Arriva Trains Wales, BTP and Community Rail Partners including (but not limited to):
• Conwy Valley Railway Partnership
• Heart of Wales Development Company Ltd
• Friends of Prestatyn Railway Station
• Dolau Action Group
• Cambrian Rail Partnership
They are also involving their Rail Ambassador volunteers and station event volunteers. With over 100 volunteer’s hours being put in across the week, we’re excited to get started.

The week’s events will include station based events, level crossing awareness campaign work, delivery in key schools along the Cambrian line and information stands at a number of key locations across the route. Aberdare Community School will also be involved with students delivering their Rail Safety Challenge for the Welsh Baccalaureate.

Don’t forget to get your plans in as soon as possible!

Cones – In The Spotlight

Thanks to our new association with Cones, we are now able to offer additional prizes for our mascot competition!! The team at Cones have offered to create a comic strip with the winners mascot in and there will also be 5 runner ups who will receive a signed copy of the Cones – On The Rails.

Keep those entries coming in!