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Safety Briefing May 2021


Welcome to the Advance TRS May 2021 Safety Briefing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).................................................................................. 3 Insurances................................................................................................................................... 3 Close Calls................................................................................................................................... 3 Worksafe Procedures.............................................................................................................. 3 Life Saving Rules........................................................................................................................ 4 How to spot signs of drug use in others............................................................................ 5 CIRAS - Confidential reporting for Safety .......................................................................... 6 Mental Health Awareness .....................................................................................................


COVID information .................................................................................................................. 8 Sun safety information ...........................................................................................................


Briefings and updates ............................................................................................................


Safety bulletins and alerts....................................................................................................... 13 Important Contact Information............................................................................................. 20

Important Numbers Business Hours Emergency Number

01483 361 061 Out of Hours Emergency Number

07930 384 505 CIRAS:

0800 4101 101 2

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) All persons on or near the line and on the lineside shall wear at least the following PPE:

All contractors must:

High visibility upper body clothing with reflective tape which complies with EN ISO 20471, RIS-3279-TOM.

Wear appropriate PPE as defined by the client.

High visibility lower body clothing to standard EN ISO 20471, RIS-3279-TOM.

Inform Advance TRS of any damage, deterioration or lack of PPE.

A safety helmet which complies with BS EN 397: 2012.

Report any and all PPE that is ill-fitting.

Safety footwear which complies with BS EN ISO 20345: 2011, provides support to the ankle, includes mid-sole protection and has a protective toe cap. Where used, steel or other conductive toe caps shall be covered.

Ensure that all PPE is used, cleaned and stored in accordance with all health and safety guidelines.

Invoke Worksafe procedures for any ill fitting, inadequate or lack of PPE.

Insurances If you do not have the insurances stipulated in your contract already, you can obtain cover with our insurance partner Kingsbridge Contractor Insurance. You can get a quote by calling 01242 808 740 and or by going online to

To understand more about these insurance requirements, please click here.

Close Calls No matter where you work, reporting Close Calls is vital to improving safety. If you see something with the potential to cause harm, raise the alarm on site

and make it safe. If it is not safe to continue work then stop. Once the hazard has been removed or made safe, ensure that you report it.

Worksafe (Refusal to Work)


Our Lifesaving Rules Safe behaviour is a requirement of working for Network Rail. These Rules are in place to keep us safe and must never be broken. We will all personally intervene if we feel a situation or behaviour might be unsafe.

Working responsibly


Always be sure the required plans and permits are in place, before you start a job or go on or near the line.

Never use a hand-held or hands-free phone, or programme any other mobile device, while driving.

Always use equipment that is fit for its intended purpose.

Always obey the speed limit and wear a seat belt.

Never undertake any job unless you have been trained and assessed as competent.

Working at height Always use a safety harness when working at height, unless other protection is in place.

Never work or drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Working with moving equipment Working with electricity Always test before applying earths or straps.

Never enter the agreed exclusion zone, unless directed to by the person in charge.

Never assume equipment is isolated – always test before touch.

We will always comply with our Lifesaving Rules

For more information about our Lifesaving Rules go to

July 2014


Spotting signs of drug use in others Excessive intakes of prescription drugs may make a person appear drunk, have slurred speech, droopy eyes and cause him/her to fall asleep at strange times. Look out for hidden medicines in the house. If someone’s taking opiates (such as heroin) they may have pupils that appear like pinpoints, have itchy and scratchy skin, go round asking for money and be either very hyperactive or very lethargic. Physically they may have a red nose and needle marks on their arms, behind the knees or

ankles. They also may be very sick one day with cold symptoms, cramps, diarrhea or an upset stomach and then be perfectly fine the next day.

users constantly sniff, lick their lips and feel very thirsty. Look out for little bags of white powder, crystal-looking residue, glass pipes, needles etc.

Crack and cocaine users tend to have glassy eyes, very large pupils and a nose that is red and raw. There may be marks, scabs, burns in the mouth and/or on the fingers and arms. Behavior can be very erratic and users become anxious and restless with a tendency to rambling conversations in which they jump from one subject to the next. Cocaine

The signs of Marijuana abuse include irritated, bloodshot eyes, an expressionless appearance, dry lips and a strong odour of burnt rope or grass. Users walk around in a daze, they exhibit a lack of emotion, stare out into space and go into fits of laughter when there is nothing to laugh about. Watch out for them washing their clothes immediately

Getting help There are a wide range of advice, treatment and support services for addiction in the UK. Anyone with a substance related problem can have access to such services. Your GP might offer to treat you or might refer you to your local specialist drug service. Most local

community drug units also run drop-in centres which don’t require a referral from a doctor. You should be able to find information about these on the internet or ask at your doctors’ surgery.

Don’t forget you can call Frank to discuss any issues you have confidentially on: 0800 776600.


Prevent incidents in confidence

Work environment

Training & competence

Rules & procedures

Safety practices


Shift design

Welfare facilities


0800 4 101 101 Report textline: 07507 285 887

Freepost: CIRAS


Mental Health Awareness Mental Health Awareness Week takes place every year, starting on the second Monday of May. The aim of this week is to raise awareness about mental health with lots of group activities and simple exercises to get people talking about mental health. If you notice a colleague acting out of the ordinary, you

might want to check in to see if they are ok! Most of us commonly reply with ‘I’m ok thanks’ when asked how we are, but it takes just an extra second to double check. For more information on mental health awareness and training, go to:





Protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun when you’re working. Follow five simple steps to make sure you enjoy the weather, without putting your health at risk.

ULtraviolet UVC




Come out of the sun whenever possible during powerful ultraviolet 100 315 the most400 Don’t forget your280 head, face, ears periods (10am–3pm), and and neck – wear a hat, preferably remember to stay in the with a wide brim, and sunglasses shade during breaks with UV protection. If you wear a hard hat, use one fitted with a Legionnaire-style flap. If you wear safety goggles, make sure they have a UV filter



Use SPF 30 or higher on any exposed skin – apply it half an hour before going outside, put plenty on and reapply it frequently

Report mole changes (size, shape, colour, itching or REMEMBER bleeding) other 700 or any wavelength (nm)to drink plenty of water on concerns about your skin warmer to your doctor as soon as days to avoid possible – don’t put it off, dehydration early treatment is important. Have a look at our simple skin check guide below


The strength of the sun’s rays isn’t connected to the temperature – check the UV index. You’ll find the index on many weather forecast apps and websites

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11+











You can safely stay outside

Take care during midday hours and don’t spend too much time in the sun unprotected

Seek shade during midday hours, cover up and wear sunscreen


Spend time in the shade between 10am and 3pm. Covering up and sunscreen essential

Avoid being outside in midday hours. Covering up and sunscreen essential

Checking for signs of skin cancer is as easy as A, B, C (and D). Be aware of how your skin normally looks – that way, you’ll notice changes that could be signs of skin cancer. - Found a new mole? - Spotted any changes to the size, shape or

melanoma is most likely to occur. Use a mirror or get someone else to help you check.

- Noticed a new growth or sore that

Get any skin problem checked by your GP. There may be nothing to worry about, but if something is wrong, treating it early could stop it getting worse – and even save your life.





two halves of a mole look different

the edges of the mole are blurred, jagged or not regular

colour of an existing mole or patch of skin?


doesn’t heal? Found a spot, mole or sore that hurts or is itchy? Seen a mole or growth that bleeds, crusts or scabs?

Look at Cancer Research UK’s guide to spotting the signs of skin cancer at

Remember to check your neck and back too if they’ve been exposed – in men, this is where


Working together to beat occupational cancer The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health is campaigning to stop thousands of untimely deaths to work-caused cancer – find out more at


Ivory Characteristics Pale skin, light or red hair, prone to freckles. Burns very easily and rarely tans Sun protection At the greatest risk of developing skin cancer. Needs to protect skin, preferably with clothing




the colour of the mole isn’t even, with more than one shade of colour



Characteristics Fair skin, likely to have light hair, blue or brown eyes. Some have dark hair but still have a fair skin. Usually burns but may gradually tan

Characteristics Light olive skin with dark hair and brown or green eyes. Burns with long exposure to the sun but generally tans quite easily

Sun protection At the greatest risk of developing skin cancer. Needs to protect skin, preferably with clothing

Sun protection Should protect themselves in strong sunshine


MEDIUM BROWN Characteristics Brown eyes and dark hair. Burns with very lengthy exposures but always tans easily Sun protection Should protect themselves in strong sunshine

the mole is wider than 6mm (the size of a rubber on top of a pencil)



*Figure for GB. Mole images courtesy Cancer Research UK

Wear long, loose clothing to keep the sun off your skin





Characteristics Naturally brown skin, brown eyes and dark hair. Burns only with excessive exposure to the sun. Skin easily darkens further

Characteristics Black skin with dark brown eyes and black hair. Burns only with extreme exposure to the sun. Skin very easily darkens further

Sun protection Should protect themselves when outdoors in the sun for a long time

Sun protection Should protect themselves when outdoors in the sun for a long time

Fitzpatrick skin scale




Make May Purple Stroke Awareness Month

May 2021 What Is Make May Purple? Make May Purple is our Stroke Association fundraising and awareness campaign that coincides with National Stroke Awareness month – May. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis is a difficult and worrying time for everyone. It suddenly turned our lives upside down and has affected people emotionally. Isolation can be especially difficult for stroke survivors and their families. Stroke strikes every five minutes in the UK. It can happen to anyone, of any age, at any time. It's vital to know how to spot the warning signs of a stroke in yourself or someone else. Using the F A S T test is the best way to do this. Signs of Stroke – FAST    

Face: Can the person smile? Has their face fallen on one side? Arms: Can the person raise both arms and keep them there? Speech problems: Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say? Is their speech slurred? Time: If you see any of these three signs, it's time to call 999.

There is no way of knowing if symptoms will pass or get better when they first start, so you need to seek immediate medical help. A stroke is a medical emergency. Always dial 999. The quicker the person arrives at a specialist stroke unit, the quicker they will receive appropriate treatment. Other Symptoms of Stroke The FAST test helps to spot the three most common symptoms of stroke. But there are other signs that you should always take seriously. These include:  Sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body, including legs, hands or feet.  Difficulty finding words or speaking in clear sentences.  Sudden blurred vision or loss of sight in one or both eyes.  Sudden memory loss or confusion, and dizziness or a sudden fall. 

A sudden, severe headache.

If you spot any of these signs of a stroke, don't wait. Call 999 straight away.


Make May Purple Stroke Awareness Month

May 2021 Recognise a Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) The FAST test can be used to recognise the signs of a TIA as well. A TIA (transient ischaemic attack), also known as a mini-stroke, is the same as a stroke, except that the symptoms last for a short amount of time. If you, or someone else, show any of the signs of a TIA you must call 999. Don't wait to see if the symptoms pass or get better. Alcohol and Strokes     

High blood pressure is the most important risk factor for stroke, contributing to over 50% of all strokes in the UK. Drinking too much alcohol raises your blood pressure. Diabetes almost doubles your risk of stroke. Drinking more than the safe limit raise your risk of getting type 2 diabetes. Being overweight increases your risk of having a stroke. Alcoholic drinks tend to be very high in calories, so regularly drinking lots of alcohol can make it more difficult to maintain a healthy weight. Drinking large amounts of alcohol can trigger atrial fibrillation, a type of irregular heartbeat linked to an increased risk of stroke. Liver damage due to too much alcohol can stop the liver from making substances that help your blood to clot. This can increase your risk of a stroke caused by bleeding in your brain.

Preventing a Stroke You can significantly reduce your risk of having a stroke by:    

eating a healthy diet taking regular exercise following the recommended guidelines on alcohol intake (not drinking more than 14 units a week) not smoking

If you have a medical condition that increases your risk of a stroke, it's important to manage it effectively. For example, taking medicine you have been prescribed to lower high blood pressure or cholesterol levels. If you have had a stroke or TIA in the past, these measures are particularly important because your risk of having another stroke is greatly increased. Recovery The injury to the brain caused by a stroke can lead to widespread and long-lasting problems. Although some people may recover quickly, many people who have a stroke need long-term support to help them regain as much independence as possible. This process of rehabilitation depends on the symptoms and their severity. It often starts in hospital and continues at home or at a local clinic in your community. A team of different Specialists may help with your rehabilitation, including Physiotherapists, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Dietitians, and Specialist Nurses and Doctors. You'll be encouraged to actively participate in the rehabilitation process and work with your care team to set goals you want to achieve during your recovery.



Fire on tamping machine Scope:

All Network Rail line managers, safety professionals, accredited contractors and Entities in Charge of Maintenance (ECMs)

Ref :





Dunton Green (Kent)


Malcolm Miles, Network Technical Head - Plant

Overview At 05:29 on 23rd April 2021, a Matissa B41 Tamper suf fered a major engine compartment fire causing disruption to train services between Orpington and Sevenoaks. The line was blocked and an Emergency Switch Off (ESO) was implemented to enable the Fire Brigade to attend the scene. Thankfully there were no injuries as a result of this incident. Whilst it is too early to identify the exact cause of the f ire there are some similarities to an engine compartment fire that occurred on another B41 Tamper around 3 years ago. The f ire risk is not restricted to Matissa B41 Tampers, the potential exists for any item of rolling stock or On-Track Machine with an enclosed engine room.

Discussion Points • •

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Are maintenance regimes adequate to address the potential fire risk. Are regular inspections carried out to check the condition, security and integrity of all electrical connections in engine rooms. Are regular checks carried out on all hydraulic hoses in engine rooms. Are all hoses and electric cables routed away f rom potential risk areas whenever possible. Are all hose leaks in engine rooms addressed as soon as they are identified. Where f itted, is the fire suppression system tested on a regular basis. Are all sources of high heat which could cause combustion clean from f luids/debris such as engine manifolds and turbo pipe exhaust outlets.

Part of our group of Safety Bulletins



On track plant collision Scope:

All Network Rail line managers, safety professionals and accredited contractors

Ref :





Near Billericay, Anglia, Eastern region


Lewis Robinson; Head of Health Saf ety & Sustainable Development Eastern Capital Delivery

Overview On the 2 May 2021 at around 07:00, the Machine Operator of a Mobile Elevating Work Platf orm (MEWP) Road Rail Vehicle (RRV) suf fered injuries when the basket of the MEWP in which they were traveling was struck by the jib of a 360o crane RRV which had been travelling behind it. The Operator was trapped and had to be freed by emergency services, suffering injuries that are potentially life changing. The Controller was uninjured. Both the Operator and Controller who were travelling in the cab of the 360o crane RRV were uninjured. The collision occurred as the vehicles were travelling within an Engineering Worksite, to their of f-tracking location. The incident is currently under investigation by the Principal Contractor, RAIB and ORR. A Safety Bulletin will be issued once further learning is identified.

Discussion Points •

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Are arrangements in place to maintain adequate stopping distance between RRV's when traveling? How are these monitored? How are saf e travel speeds determined and communicated? How is the risk of Operators losing concentration, for example through distraction or f atigue, minimised? What is the role of the Plant Operations Scheme Representative in making sure these controls are effective? What is done to make sure risks from the way a possession is planned, for example gradient, worksite length or long travel distances form the Access Point, are identified and minimised? When is it appropriate for a Machine or Crane Controller to ride in an RRV? Why might they choose to travel in a RRV at other times and what is done to prevent this happening?

Part of our group of Safety Bulletins



Exposure to Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) Network Rail line managers, safety professionals and accredited contractors

Issued to:


Ref :

Date of issue: 16/04/2021 Location:

Lords Covered Way tunnel near Marylebone, London


Neil Jones, Regional Engineer, Buildings and Civil

Overview On 6th January 2021, an operative was installing temporary lighting in Lords Way Tunnel, near to Marylebone Station and whilst doing so, drilled into asbestos containing material (ACM).

The location of known asbestos at Network Rail inf rastructure can be found in the ARMS Database. ARMS can be accessed here:

When ACM is disturbed, asbestos fibres can be released and if inhaled can cause ill health such as Asbestosis, Lung Cancer or Mesothelioma.

A username and password for ARMS can be obtained by following instructions on and from the above link.

In order to reduce the risk of exposure to asbestos, it is imperative that the correct processes are f ollowed to identify assets that contain (or presumed to contain) ACM and to suitably plan, organise and deliver the work.

A guide to using the system can be found under 'usef ul information' on the homepage screen once logged in.

When planning the work, you must:

More guidance is available in NR/L2/CIV/168 (Issue 1) Asbestos Management.

Check the Asbestos Risk Management System (ARMS) for the potential presence of ACMs. Presume that asbestos is present where there is no survey data to show otherwise. Communicate clearly the presence of ACMs to ALL involved in the planning and delivery of work. Ensure a saf e system of work is in place. Stop work immediately if asbestos is discovered, or thought to be present after work has started.

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Discussion Points • •

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Are you up to date with your Asbestos Awareness eLearning? If you control site safety, access to buildings or are liable to disturb asbestos during your work, are you aware of the Asbestos eLearning available? These include asbestos Non-licensed Works training, and the imminent release of Enhanced Awareness training. Have you got ARMS log on and can you ef fectively navigate the system? Does your process for planning ensure the provision of all pre-construction inf ormation to those who need it?

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Would you know what to do if you suspected your work had disturbed ACMs? Non NR employees who control site saf ety and access to buildings or anyone liable to disturb asbestos during their work should be trained in Asbestos Awareness delivered by an accredited training provider as outlined in NR/L2/CIV/168. Should an inadvertent exposure occur, NR/L2/OHS/157 specifies actions to be taken.



Carnforth SMTH irregularity Issued to:

All Network Rail line managers, safety professionals and accredited contractors

Ref :


Date of issue: Location:

Carnf orth, North West Route, NW&C Region


Owen Flanders, Principal Engineering (Signalling), NW&C Region

Overview On 23rd February 2021 an engineering assurance inspection discovered an uninsulated wire had been lef t in situ for 9 months following internal wire renewals conducted by Network Rail. It was f ound that wires were not appropriately recovered or sleeved following the work. It was also noted the signalling diagrams were missing f rom the location case 5/6A.

The incident is subject to an investigation which will establish the sequence of events that led up to the unsafe condition and any underlying causes. The incident follows three similar signal testing irregularities in the last 18 months on the NW&C Region and follows a wider national trend. As a result, the f ollowing discussion points are recommended:

Discussion Points • •

Never undertake any job unless you have been trained and assessed as competent. Are you and your team clear on the standards and policy regarding temporary and permanent wire disconnection? Have you got a clear testing plan that has been checked? Do you have enough time to work correctly through the plan?

Whenever making signalling disconnections the tester shall ensure that any bare conductors (e.g. relay spades, ring crimps, etc.) are suitably insulated. This shall be done in accordance with General Instructions to Staff Working on S&T Equipment (NR/L3/SIG/10064), E052. When undertaking maintenance remain vigilant and report any defects to your line manager.

Part of our group of Safety Bulletins



Preventing water ingress to 25kV Track Sectioning Cabin Issued to:

Network Rail line managers, safety professionals and accredited contractors

Ref :


Date of issue: 23/03/2021 Location:

Carstairs TSC, Scotland Region


Felix Langley / Colin Lamb

Overview In a recent incident in Scotland Region, significant f looding was discovered in and around a 25kV Track Sectioning Cabin (TSC) at Carstairs. Pools of water inside and outside the cabin are also believed to extend underneath the building's false f loor creating damp conditions and potential corrosion of the traction power equipment within. The site dehumidifier was out of service and several defective heaters were found.

Heating and dehumidification equipment have been rectified to bring moisture levels within the building under control. Work is in progress to improve drainage at the site. High moisture levels in a traction power supply location at Godinton in Southern Region in 2018 led to a colleague being seriously burned by a f lashover.

Investigation found the site was particularly vulnerable to flooding from an adjacent haulier's yard on higher ground. A previous flashover of traction power equipment is now thought to be due to unusually high levels of moisture in and around the building.

Immediate action required The f ollowing measures must be taken across all Regions: •

Apply extra vigilance when accessing or inspecting lineside buildings, particularly those that contain electrical equipment. Assess the area around the site to identify factors that may increase the risk of flooding. For example, sites situated on low ground, vulnerable to run-of f from adjacent premises or with poor drainage. Report any fabric damage, flooding or water ingress at a lineside building to the Operational Property Helpdesk Report any concerns with the building environmental controls.

Discussion Points: • •

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What assets could be similarly affected in your region? How ef fectively are defects and vulnerabilities at lineside buildings being escalated via OPHD when def ects are f ound? What would you do if you found significant fabric damage, flooding or water ingress at a lineside building? How does your assurance check the ef f ectiveness of asset inspection and resolving defects?

Part of our group of Safety Bulletins


Using lookout operated warning systems (LOWS) Issued to:

All Network Rail line managers, safety professionals and accredited contractors

Ref :


Date of issue: 14/04/2021 Location:



Dave Tough, Programme Interf ace Manager, Technical Authority

Overview In the last 12 months we have reduced the amount of unassisted lookout working by over 70% and near-miss frequency by over 50%. The majority of this has been achieved by moving work in to safer access opportunities to our railway, typically using 'protection' methods. During this time the frequency of near miss events while using LOWS warnings has worsened. In time, we will replace LOWS with semiautomatic and automatic track warning systems. In the interim we need to address and reverse this trend in LOWS near misses.

Examples of the reasons are: • •

Inadequate communications between the LOWS Controller and the LOWS Lookout during set up. LOWS Lookouts not acknowledging the approach of a train resulting in workgroups not receiving a warning to allow them to retreat into a position of saf ety. LOWS Controller identifying the incorrect train.

Every recent investigation into a LOWS incident f ound the equipment worked as designed. The causes were linked to human error and procedure.

Immediate action required by all staff who use LOWS LOWS Controllers: • • •

What conversations / communications do you have with the Planner when the work saf e pack is being produced? How do you check the arrangements detailed in the safe work pack? How does your plan make sure your communications devices allow you to only speak to your LOWS Lookouts? Where is your team's position of safety to enable more than 10 seconds bef ore a train passes over the site of work? How does your team help LOWS operators to speak out if they are distracted by work or home issues?

LOWS Lookouts: •

Are you always satisfied that when positioned by the LOWS Controller you are in a position of safety and able to carry out your lookout duties correctly? How do your plans make sure that o Emergency contact devices are in place and working? o You are in a position of safety during the system set up? o What tests of the system occur BEFORE authorising the COSS to start work? Please make sure the LOWS team understand how you keep yourselves and your team safe.

Only by working together can we reduce the likelihood of incidents involving LOWS and other saf e systems of work.

Do you always report issues you are encountering both at work and at home which may affect your ability to concentrate as a lookout?

Part of our group of Safety Bulletins


Network Rail train drivers and Route Services

Issued to: Ref : Date of issue: Location:

Loughborough South Junction, Neville Hill, Leeds and Bromsgrove

Overview At 10:57 on 26th March 2020 a train passed a signal at danger at 0.75 miles south of Loughborough South Junction station. The train passed the signal at a speed of about 20mph, and came to a stand around 200m beyond it. The signal was at danger to protect the movement of a passenger service which was just about to leave Loughborough South Junction station. At 21:41 on 13th November 2019, an empty Intercity Express train, approaching the maintenance depot at Neville Hill, Leeds, caught up and collided with the rear of an high speed train moving into the depot. No one was injured in the accident, but the trailing bogie of the second and third vehicles, and the trailing wheelset of the f ourth vehicle of the Intercity Express train derailed to the right, by up to 1.25m.

At 22:44 on 23rd March 2020, the 21:05 a passenger train collided with a class 68 locomotive that had derailed at the end of a siding, south of Bromsgrove station. The passenger train suffered significant damage along one side of all three vehicles, although it did not derail. There were f our passengers and two crew on board the passenger train and none reported any injuries. At 20:00 on 14th December 2019, a train driver who had exited their cab at Tyseley depot walked across sidings and between two trains unlikely realising that they were about to be coupled together. As the driver moved into the gap between the two units, one of the trains moved towards the other. The driver was trapped between the gangways of the two trains and suf fered fatal injuries.

Underlying causes Loughborough South Junction station - The incident occurred as the train was travelling too f ast for its braking capability. The braking applied by the driver not sufficient to stop the train within the available distance.

Bromsgrove station - The driver did not stop the locomotive before it reached the buffer stop as he became distracted from the driving task by personal issues arising from the national COVID19 lockdown announced earlier that evening.

Neville Hill - The collision occurred as the driver of the Intercity Express Train was f ocussed on reinstating an on board system which he had recently isolated, instead of focussing on the driving task. This was exacerbated by him unintentionally commanding too much acceleration due to his lack of familiarity with the train.

Tyseley depot - The driver did not use the authorised walking route and it is likely that they had not expected the trains to move. The driver who was coupling the two trains was unaware of the other driver's presence when they began the coupling move.

Key message • • • •

Ensure you are f ocussed on driving. Make sure you are aware of the maximum speed for the train operated f or the section of line. Ensure you are prepared to interact with TMS on IETs. Ensure you are prepared after a long absence. Upon returning to work, it is important that TOCs are providing a thorough and documented training needs analysis.

Part of our group of Safety Bulletins

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Check that you are aware of any engineering changes and any changes made to the train you are operating. Check you are complying with your company mobile phone policy avoiding unnecessary distractions If you are involved in an incident, ensure you exit the train safely, and in a manner that does not place you at risk f rom trains already on the line. In depots - keep to authorised walking routes and be aware of your surroundings - anticipate that any trains close by could move.


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