Workforce safety (fatality and weighted injury rate)


Workforce safety is measured by the workforce fatalities and weighted injuries (FWI) measure. In addition, the Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) has been recorded for 2015/16, which measures the number of personal injuries which have resulted in lost time; it is not weighted by the severity of the injury. Both measures use data reported in the SMIS for all employees and contractors working on Network Rail’s infrastructure. FWI is normalised per one million hours worked and LTIFR is normalised per one hundred thousand hours worked.

RIDDOR 2013 came into force on 1 October 2013. The regulations require deaths, certain injuries, specific diseases and specific dangerous occurrences, which arise out of or in connection with work to be reported to the relevant authority; Network Rail reports these events to the ORR.

The accident statistics are reflected by the new categorisation from 2014/15. RIDDOR 2013 introduced the new category of ‘Specified Injuries’, replacing ‘Major Injuries’. Injuries that were previously included in the ‘Major’ category are now included in other categories. The ‘Specified’ and ‘Major’ categories cannot be directly compared as they refer to different injury types.

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

Workforce safety results

Employee on-duty fatalities22310
Major injuries102104120--
Specified injuries---10071
Lost time injuries (RIDDOR Reportable 3+ days)124----
Lost time injuries (RIDDOR Reportable 7+ days)-209212188207
FWI (MAA)0.1410.1490.1570.1200.079
Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate--0.5850.5380.492

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, for example, FWI (MAA) scores have varied with the reallocation of events.


In 2015/16 there have been no workforce fatalities on Network Rail managed infrastructure. There has been a reduction in the Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate over the past year and our internal risk reduction target of 0.511 has been met.

In 2015/16, there were 71 ‘Specified Injuries’, which is a 29 per cent reduction since 2014/15. The number of RIDDOR reportable 7+ days injuries has increased in the past year by 10.1 per cent. ‘Slips, trips and falls’ remain the most common causes of accidents to our workforce. Our national programmes delivered through the Home Safe Plan risk reduction workstreams will provide a step-change in the safety of our workforce and contribute towards our target of eliminating all workforce fatalities and major injuries.

Our focus on safety remains targeted on our vision of everyone going home safe, every day. The long term safety strategy we developed for CP5 and beyond sets a clear direction and many positive signs in this section demonstrate our strategy is working. With improvements in safety outcomes in all three areas of risk (workforce, passenger and public), safety performance demonstrated a clear improvement. In 2015/16, there have been no employee on-duty fatalities, we have seen a 30 per cent reduction in the more serious workforce injuries, we have achieved our target for lost time injuries and reduced train accident.

For us, safety and improved performance go hand-in-hand. Structured continuous improvement – being better every day – is providing a focus on safety, both in the routes who hold devolved accountability for much of our safety performance and across the business. In 2015/16, significantly greater focus has been placed on visualisation of safety performance at both a route and national level. This helps encourage safety conversations and provide an understanding of our performance now as well as our plans for improvement.

We have strengthened our focus on occupational health risks and compliance, as well as supporting staff through resources to achieve better health and wellbeing outcomes.

Despite the significant progress made in 2015/16, we can and must continue to improve health and safety for our workers and reduce risk to those who use our railway.

In 2015/16, we reviewed the suite of projects that formed the Integrated Safety Plan to ensure that we focused on the right areas which had the greatest risks. This review involved a detailed analysis of the risks and benefits provided by each of the workstreams. As a result, the plan has been rationalised into a priority list of 21 projects, now known as the Home Safe Plan. The projects address key safety risks to passengers, public and workforce, health priority areas and process improvement for risk controls and an integrated management system. The Home Safe Plan has robust governance in place with established milestones and dedicated programme management resource.