Workforce safety is measured by the Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) measure, which measures the number of personal injuries which have resulted in lost time. The measure uses data reported in the SMIS for all employees and contractors working on Network Rail’s infrastructure. LTIFR is normalised per one hundred thousand hours worked.

For all workforce safety measures, lower figures indicate better performance.

Workforce safety results

Employee on-duty fatalities231000
Major injuries / Specified injuries104120100718985
Lost time injuries (RIDDOR Reportable 7+ days)209212188207178177
Lost Time Injuries (All combined)-713673684693580
Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate-0.5850.5380.4920.4410.364

Note: The updating of workforce accidents results in historic figures being amended once further information is supplied by our direct workforce and contractors. These figures continue to be subject to change each year.


In terms of workforce safety (within which we include our contractors) we applied a 10% reduction to the previous year lost time injury frequency target and we have achieved this target. There has also been a decrease in the number of near miss events (including near misses with a train) involving the workforce, and there have not been any workforce fatalities.

A number of workforce safety improvement initiatives including the Home Safe Plan have been implemented and progress has been monitored during 2017. The programme to install vehicle monitoring systems to over 7,000 road vehicles has progressed well and this has significantly reduced the number of speeding offences and therefore the related safety risk. The revised company standard in respect of planning and delivering safe work (PDSW) for those working on or near the railway line was rolled out in September 2017 and a robust process is in place to monitor compliance across the business.