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52518 Clarification on duties and size of work groups

July 2014 in Network Rail and Suppliers

tagged Communication and teamwork Method of working Rules and procedures Workload Not Specified

Clarification is being sought on a number of issues surrounding staff undertaking the roles of
Engineering Supervisor (ES) and Controller of Site Safety (COSS). These are issues for both Network Rail and contractor managed work sites.

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52715 Clarification on use of Lookouts when working near a tunnel

March 2014 in Network Rail and Suppliers

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Clarification is being sought on the use of distant Lookouts on work sites when working in or near tunnels.



 

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52299 Competency of staff working with relaying train

December 2013 in Network Rail and Suppliers

tagged Communication and teamwork Knowledge Skills and experience Method of working Training and briefing Not Specified

Concern has been expressed that staff working in very close proximity to the track relaying
train on Balfour Beatty work sites are not being given adequate training.

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51037 Two-way radio headsets ‘not practical’

September 2013 in Network Rail and Suppliers

tagged Communication and teamwork Equipment Not Specified

A reporter is concerned that the new headsets provided for Machine Controllers and Machine Operators are not user friendly or practical when used with the two-way radios.  Network Rail has, according to the reporter, stipulated that the headsets are to be worn at all times by their own staff and subcontractors.

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51317 ‘Unworkable’ train schedules increasing Signallers’ workload

February 2013 in Network Rail and Suppliers

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Concerns have been raised that trains are being scheduled into the working timetable without being validated, potentially increasing the workload for Signallers.

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50297 Rule Book query on road traffic light failures at crossings

March 2012 in Network Rail and Suppliers

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A reporter is seeking clarification on whether Signallers should be adhering toRule Book module TS9 part 2.6.  This section applies when Signallers have been informed that the road traffic lights at an Automatic Open Crossing Locally monitored (AOCL) or Automatic Barrier Crossing locally monitored (ABCL) have failed.

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40998 ‘Poor’ safety culture at contractor carrying out fleet maintenance

January 2011 in Network Rail and Suppliers

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A reporter has contacted CIRAS with concerns about the safety culture impacting negatively on the working practices of a company called Railway Vehicle Engineers Ltd (RVEL) who maintain the Network Rail infrastructure maintenance vehicles.

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41047 Late notices not filtered to staff

December 2010 in Network Rail and Suppliers

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A reporter has contacted CIRAS regarding the withdrawal of late notice cases by Balfour Beatty at various depots including Ashford and Hither Green.

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41098 RIDDOR reportable injuries going unreported

November 2010 in Network Rail and Suppliers

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A reporter has raised concerns about the lack of reporting accidents and injuries at Balfour Beatty Renewals.

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40835 S&T manuals query

March 2010 in Network Rail and Suppliers

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A reporter has raised concerns regarding requirements listed in manuals for S&T staff.

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