Minimising the Requirement for Staff to Access Live Railways

Risks to operative’s safety should be carefully monitored and minimised as much as possible.

Due to the nature of construction work, a number of hazards are presented to operatives on a daily basis. It is the responsibility of site managers and operatives alike to identify and minimise these potential risks to safeguard everyone working on site.

Below is an example of how sites can minimise the requirement for staff to access a live railway:

  • A remote Critical Rail Temperature monitoring system was developed;
  • Monitoring equipment was permanently fixed to the track, thereby eliminating the need for an individual to physically place a thermometer against a live rail.

Prior to the remote monitoring, staff had access to the live railway during the day, to ensure the track wasn’t buckling under the heat when temperatures rose. This remote monitoring system allowed temperature monitors to be reviewed in the safety of the site compound. Also, as the ‘dummy’ track was in close proximity to the live railway, the readings were valid.

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Monitor Report, Staffordshire Alliance, Staffordshire, May 2015

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