SAFETY BRIEF NO.57

01/02/2018

1. Staff working in close proximity to live OLE contact wire

1. Staff working in close proximity to OLE contact wire.

Overview

An overhead line incident occurred at the North end of Crewe station.

The overhead line contact wire parted as an electric train passed causing damage to the train's pantograph and resulting in the contact wire hanging down.

A Network Rail Mobile Operations Manager and British Transport Police officers were first on site.

When overhead line staff arrived they found that staff had been walking in close proximity to the live contact wire that was hanging down. An emergency switch off had not been requested.

The parted contact wire is believed to have been within 30cm of head height and staff had walked beneath it. In September 2014, less than 25 miles away, a train driver suffered extensive electrical burns in very similar circumstances when they left the cab after the overhead line had been damaged.