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  • Workforce safety (fatality and weighted injury rate)

  • Definition

    Workforce safety is primarily measured by the Workforce safety (fatalities and weighted injuries) measure. This measure compares the weighted number of personal injuries that are reported in the Safety Management Information System (SMIS) for all Network Rail staff and contractors working on Network Rail’s managed infrastructure, normalised per million hours worked. This measure provides information to help monitor and control accidents and injuries to the workforce.


     Workforce Safety 2008/09 2009/10 2010/11 2011/2012 2012/13







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    FWI (MAA)







    The FWI target for this year has not been met and the moving annual average (MAA) FWI rate has increased since 2010/11.

    Sadly, there were two workforce fatalities in the year. On 18 November 2012, an off-track team leader from the Ipswich Delivery Unit was fatally injured in a road traffic accident on the A12 near Capel St. Mary, whilst travelling alone to a work site. On 4 December, a contractor working in the Great Northern / Great Eastern renewals project team was struck by a train close to Sykes crossing at Saxilby in Lincolnshire.

    Slips, trips and falls remain consistently the most common cases of accidents to Network Rail’s combined contractor workforce, accounting for 32.1 per cent of all workforce injury accidents, and 48.2 per cent of 3+ days lost time injuries and RIDDOR reportable accidents. The next most common causes of injuries are struck by object, manual handling and contact injuries.

    During 2012/13 the improvement in the reporting of accidents continued. The average ratio of 3+ days lost time injuries to RIDDOR major injuries is 3.10 to 1, above the benchmark ratio (as recommended by RSSB) of 3 to 1. The ratio for Infrastructure Projects and Asset Management contractors is 2.11 to 1, which is above the construction industry average of 2 to 1.

    We have identified ten key areas where we need to speed up our approach to ensuring the safety of our workforce and contractors. The resultant action plan is key to delivering our Safety & Wellbeing strategy, and achieving our target of eliminating all fatalities and major injuries by the end of CP5 or sooner. It is intended to create a sense of urgency and momentum around improving workforce safety. Each element of the plan, which is led by an Executive Director, is being further developed from April 2013 to identify the actions, owners and associated timescales to enable the successful delivery of the plan.