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Crossing the Railway Adam Meredith HM Inspector of Railways 10 December 2008.

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1 Crossing the Railway Adam Meredith HM Inspector of Railways 10 December 2008

2 2 This is why we are here

3 3 Our purpose today To set out how you can protect people using level crossings at work. Network Rail will say how they will be working with you to improve joint control of the risk.

4 4 HMRI findings Increasing agricultural production Bigger machines crossing more often Faster trains more frequently on all lines More crossing by all types of vehicles because Rural development, recreation, farms converted to dwellings, rural businesses Farming land being split up and sold off

5 5 Inspection work on UWCs Continues this year…. Emphasis on tackling misuse (enforcement) Inspecting the known users of crossings Expecting to discuss safe system of work for: Workers Visiting employers / contractors Larger employers National Bodies

6 6 Steps in creating a safe system of work Do you need the crossing? Can you eliminate the risk any other way? Understanding the controls Understanding the instructions Additional hazards Planning for foreseeable abnormal situations What to do if there is a problem with the controls Out of hours arrangements What to do in an emergency

7 7 Understanding the controls Signs Written instructions Sighting Phones Warning lights Barriers Gates Surface Fences Trespass / cattle control boards

8 8 Some common combinations

9 9 Signage at this crossing

10 10 Sighting – the basic control

11 11 Sighting where a telephone is provided may be poor

12 12 Telephones

13 13 Other controls – MWL (UWC and FP)

14 14 Gates, fencing and surface

15 15 Other controls - surface

16 16 Other controls – cattle panels

17 17 Other hazards at crossings

18 18 UWCs and your safety management system Identify who is at risk Check controls What more can you do?

19 19 How you can control risk Pre plan operations Discuss with Network Rail Is there a window to work in? Ask for a railway crossing attendant Communicate to visiting workers Employ you own banksman / gateman / phone operator Consider locking the gates

20 20 Things to include in briefings Understanding the crossing instructions Understanding the method of work When to use the phone (and/or alternatives) Lack of pedestrian facilities – how to cross safely Adverse Weather – fog, darkness Abnormal situations / loads / vehicles / reversing Damaged, missing or malfunctioning controls Out of hours arrangements What to do in an emergency

21 21 Testing your system All calls are recorded You can check whether calls have been made Observation of staff using crossings

22 22 Controls at crossing GI/RT/7012

23 23 Finally Safe use of the crossing will continue to depend upon you


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