Preparing for Winter
As part of regular routine reviews of performance, the rail industry has refined a guidance note with a new checklist, published by rail body RSSB, aimed at helping “track and train” work more closely together to keep tabs on specific tasks, roles and responsibilities ahead of the chills. The winter can present all sorts of challenges to rail including damage to infrastructure, rolling stock, obstructions on the line as well as slippery conditions on platforms.
Safety and performance go hand in hand, which is why our office and site-based teams plan properly and well in advance to ensure the work is carried out safely. We fully understand the importance of safety within our industry and have been concentrating on winter safety and wellbeing a bit closer to home.
Stobart Rail & Civils is proud of the Health, Safety and Environmental culture it is actively creating and developing. To improve on an already impressive health, safety and environmental record, we aim to reinforce and support continuous improvement, through its award winning, Think Safety, Act Safely campaign.
Our campaign has allowed us to introduce some unique characters that deal with a wide selection of safety issues that our workforce can relate to. An extensive range of subjects have been covered from working at height to wellbeing information, all with the goal of raising awareness and providing information to our employees.
This vision acts as a constant reminder of the risks and hazards faced at work every day and how we can work to eliminate them. Our aim is to have, zero accidents, incidents, health issues, environmental issues and zero complaints
How will we achieve our aim? Leading by example. We follow the rules, whether this be a procedure or site-specific rules including the Network Rail Lifesaving Rules and report any shortcomings to line management. Our teams use the training they have been given to carry out their roles and responsibilities to create a safe working environment with robust planning and communication between all parties to learn and improve.
Stobart Rail & Civils ensure the ‘Just & Fair’ culture process in place is always applied, continuing to hold Behavioural Based Safety days (BBS) and encourage the reporting of Close Calls. The key to BBS is the understanding of how our actions affect perceptions and behaviours both on and off site. Through this and planning, our teams will be provided with the correct equipment and resource to carry out all works safely.
As part of the larger contracts we are Principal Contractor (PC) on, we will continue to promote our campaign throughout local schools, reaching out to young people and introducing them to the rail industry. At the same time educating them on the importance of safety, not just for themselves but for everyone around them and the impact their actions can have. We hope that by us engaging with them, they will be encouraged to become the next generation of rail workers.