August 2010 in Network Rail and Suppliers
A reporter is concerned about Signallers at the Three Bridges signalling centre being asked to carry out work, without the correct 'authority to work' documents being issued.
It is noted by the reporter that since December 2009, there has been no 'authority to work' document distributed to cover panel 1C, which was separated from panel 1A in the London region.
The reporter is also concerned that information regarding staffs' competency for panel 1C has not been entered into Network Rail's IT database, Oracle, which shows where each employee is allowed to work.
The reporter would like to know:
Network Rail would like to thank the reporter for bringing their concerns to our attention.
With the introduction of the new Panel 1C at Three Bridges area signalling centre difficulties were experienced in uploading the new authority to work certificates on Oracle. As Panel 1C was part of the former Panel 1A it was decided that staff holding competency for Panel 1A could also work Panel 1C as temporary 'authority to work' certificates are only valid for 14 days.
Panel 1C has now been added to the Oracle system and new 'authorities to work' are being issued to staff.
The company policy is to reissue 'authority to work' certificates at the annual Signallers review or when circumstances change in the competency/knowledge level of a Signaller.