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Supporting Rail Safety Week 2017

Darren Scott

September 25, 2017

This week is Rail Safety Week 2017, the aim of which is to address, engage, promote and bring rail safety to the forefront of people’s minds. Injuries to passengers are well documented and last year, over 7000 were recorded on mainline services, the bulk of which are attributed to slips, trips and falls. A further 4000 passengers were injured on underground services. Rail Safety Week isn’t just about passengers though, much of the week is also aimed at raising awareness of safety procedures to the UK’s rail workforce who last year were involved in over 10,000 injuries on mainland and underground services combined.

Infrastructure workers see the highest percentage of injuries on the UK rail networks. These are people who work closely with track, stations, bridges, tunnels, signalling & electrifying equipment every day. Organisers behind Rail Safety Week want to make sure that workers on site are just as well informed on health & safety practices as the general public and have produced a poster to remind contractors of rail safety procedures.

At CarmichaelUK we take our health, safety and compliance obligations very seriously and are committed to providing the highest levels of candidate compliance checks on all of our contractors to ensure that they are competent to work on site and that all of their safety-critical certifications are valid. We use independent and in-house health and safety consultants to audit our client’s sites on a regular basis to satisfy ourselves that the site is safe for our contractors to carry out their duties and our robust assessments don’t just finish when a contractor starts on site, our online compliance portal enables us to track and monitor certifications and helps us to make sure that all of our working candidates are always up to date with all of their legislative obligations.

To find out more about commitment to the safety of our candidates, watch our short video and click here to read about our compliance team.

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