Network Rail’s Infrastructure Project’s (IP) Track team’s efforts to reduce the health and safety risks associated with working on the railways has been recognised by the British Safety Council (BSC).
As the national infrastructure delivery arm for Network Rail, the IP track team undertakes work that has a number of potentially devastating health hazards.
Its efforts to avoid these dangers and protect the workforce has been rewarded with three Safety Swords of Honour by the BSC.
One of 61 organisations who have been given the prestigious honour, the IP Track team is being awarded this accolade for the third successive year.
Three of the four track delivery teams will be presented with the awards at the end of November. These are: High Output, Switches & Crossings (S&C) North and S&C South.
IP Track was awarded the Sword of Honour after achieving the maximum of five stars for the health and safety management audit scheme of the BSC that was undertaken between August last year and July 2018.
Throughout the process, IP Track had to, and was able to demonstrate an excellence in health and safety management throughout the business, from the board room, to the trackside.
And the fact that there has been a “significant” reduction in the number of injuries recorded is something that the organisation is immensely proud of.
Steve Featherstone, programme director at IP Track, commented: “Whilst it is nice to receive these Swords, it is the significant reduction in injuries and improved focus on safety which I am particularly proud of.
“Our next goal is a Globe of Honour for sustainability and BSC are currently undertaking a sustainability audit which will identify where we have gaps to fill.”
Safety is the number one priority for Network Rail and has been much improved over the past couple of years; the efforts of IP Track in this journey have been commended.