February 2012 in Network Rail and Suppliers
The reporter comments that although staff only work 9 hour shifts their travel times mean their hours exceed the 14 hour door-to-door recommendation. Consequently, staff may suffer from fatigue, which could result in an accident on site or whilst driving to or from work. The reporter suggests that staff are provided with overnight lodgings if their travel times mean they will exceed the recommendation.
Response from Keltbray Rail
Keltbray Rail would like to thank the reporter for giving us the opportunity to answer these points. A full investigation was launched into the reported exceedance. It was found that no reports relating to excess hours had been submitted from site staff, nor had any exceedances been authorised.
Whilst Keltbray spends a lot of time and effort planning resource requirements we ask that if any staff member believes that they are exceeding the permitted hours of working that they report this to their Manager. If their concerns are ignored we then request they report it to a member of the Health, Safety, Quality and Environment (HSQE) department.
As a proactive measure the working times allowed for staff on the Water Orton site have been reduced. We will also rebrief the maximum working hours to members of our HSQE department in our December core briefing.