May 2011 in Network Rail and Suppliers
Concerns have been raised about unsafe working practices at a contractor, who are currently carrying out surveying work for Network Rail in the Lincoln area.
The reporter comments that the company appear to ignore safety rules and regulations. It is felt that unsafe practices are endorsed by management in order to get work completed on time. Examples include:
Could Network Rail:
Network Rail would like to thank the reporter for bringing their concerns to our attention.
Following the receipt of this CIRAS report it was felt that
there was sufficient merit in the concerns to review this
contractor and its work with Network Rail.
Therefore the Head of Health, Safety, Environment and Assurance (HSQE) -Fixed Telecoms Network/Global System for Mobile Communications (FTN/GSM-R) has put together a review plan which is being currently carried out.
The review of the contractor regarding their general safety performance and the concerns raised in this CIRAS report particularly working on or about the infrastructure includes the following:
Network Rail takes seriously any such reports which affect its staff and contractors safety. The process outline above demonstrates that Network Rail will assist contractors to achieve higher levels of safety and management of the staff if needed.
The timescales for completion of this process is estimated to be by the end of June. This does not include any action plans or milestones which may be a consequence of the review findings.