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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 our managed infrastructure, normalised per million hours worked. This measure provides information to help monitor and control accidents and injuries to the workforce.
In addition to FWI we have commenced recording Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate, this measure combines the number of personal injuries which have resulted in lost time that are reported in SMIS for all Network Rail staff and contractors working on Network Rail’s managed infrastructure, normalised per one hundred thousand hours worked.
Introduction of new RIDDOR guidelines (RIDDOR 2013) ceased recording of injuries against ‘Major’ and introduced the new category of ‘Specified’ injuries. This change was adopted during 2014/15. The ‘Specified’ injury category does not include the same categorisation of accidents as the ‘Major’ category so these figures should not be compared.
Lost time injuries
(RIDDOR Reportable 3+ days)
Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate
Note: the previously reported figures for 2010/11 for lost time injuries (100) and major injuries (203) have been updated. 2011/12 Major (98) and Lost Time (314) updated and 2012/13 Major (101) and Lost Time (322) have been updated due to reconciliation. Overall difference of +10 reported accidents.
Whilst there have been no workforce fatalities on Network Rail managed infrastructure this year although there have been three incidents involving fatalities - all on public roads. An on-duty contractor involved in a road traffic accident with a lorry whilst driving a tractor on the A7; a road traffic accident on the M4 resulting in three contractor fatalities whilst off-duty (not classified in table); and a member of Network Rail staff involved in a road traffic accident whilst riding their motorcycle in central London (investigation ongoing).
There were a total of 95 specified injuries accidents in the year, compared with 121 major accidents (of which 101 would be classified as a specified injury under the new RIDDOR guidelines) in the previous year. Slips, trips and falls remain consistently the most common cases of accidents to our staff and contractor workforce.
The 13 period fatalities and weighted injuries (FWI) rate was 0.1331, against a year end target of 0.090 (a target set before the level of workforce accident RIDDOR under-reporting had been identified and subsequently rectified earlier in this control period). The FWI trend has been generally rising over the year and is higher than last year’s figure of 0.1579.
The 13 period accident frequency rate (AFR) was 0.342, with the AFR trend showing a gradual decrease over the year, and is 8.56% better than last year’s figure of 0.374.
Slips, trips and falls remain consistently the most common cases of accidents to our combined contractor workforce. The next most common causes of injuries are contact injuries, struck by object and manual handling.
We have continued to implement a 10-point strategic plan to improve workforce safety. The plan provides a number of targeted interventions which will provide a sustainable step-change in the safety of the workforce and contribute towards our target of eliminating all workforce fatalities and major injuries. The components of the plan include: increasing clarity on roles and responsibilities when working trackside; investing in new technology to ensure our people remain safe when working trackside; how we treat people fairly; how we implement learning from incidents; our approach to planning our work; and the employment practices of our contractors to ensure that our plan is embedded in all their work practices.