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.
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