Our annual report on health and safety 2020-21 finds that the rail industry responded well to COVID-19 but calls for more action on drainage, structures and track worker safety.
The report shows that the whole industry reacted quickly to the challenges posed by the pandemic and were able to implement reasonably practical control measures to keep employees and those members of the public needing to travel moving.
However, the train derailment at Carmont was a stark reminder of the need for continued focus on safety management and the report stresses the need for Network Rail to ensure it mitigates the impact of climate change and extreme weather.
Sadly three rail workers lost their lives in 2020-21 including two track workers at Surbiton and Roade. The report notes that Network Rail has achieved a reduction in the work that relies on human lookouts to 7% but it must now increase the speed with which it adopts new technology that can further reduce safety risks.
Securing a better railway
Video of the launch event for the annual safety and economic review reports.