Railway providers continue to make health and safety of its workers their highest priority by providing smart technology personal protective equipment (PPE).
Network Rail has a number of important issues to address at any one time. The owner and operator of the majority of England’s railways is currently busy with its Strategic Business Plan for the next Control Period, which will see record investment between 2019-2024.
In addition, investment for the present Control Period is continually resulting in upgrades to the network.
However, all of these plans and extensions, construction and upgrades are redundant if the means to undertake work safely aren’t put into place.
And Network Rail – throughout all its plans – place health and safety as its highest priority. In order to do so, the working environment on tracks, platforms, or in tunnels, needs to be safe, and those employees undertaking work need to feel safe.
The use of PPE ensures this is the case. Safety critical equipment for working on the country’s railways is paramount and there are relevant standards that need to be adhered to.
It also underpins the need for providers and suppliers of PPE so that staff on our railways are clothed in the safest manner.
Making sure all workers are equipped properly is beneficial to all; it decreases worker injuries and takes away preventable risks thanks to wearables with sensors, and as a direct result, this drives up worker productivity, which ultimately results in greater speed of upgrades in these industrial environments.
Smart PPE in particularly is now making its way into the rail industry, because the sensors and connectivity not only guarantee health and safety by protecting each individual worker, but the real time data allows active prevention of accidents because they allow the companies monitoring those in the clothing to measure and react as work is ongoing.
Smart clothing in this sense can provide the rail industry with PPE wearables and sensor-embedded solutions – all of which is crucial for the promotion of safety and higher productivity on Britain’s rail network.