SAFETY BRIEF NO.63

01/03/2019

1. Life Saving Rule Breach
2. Near miss with a group of trackworkers - Croxdale Viaduct
3. Person struck by falling over head wire

1. Life Saving Rule Breach 

Following an accident where a hired 6 tonne Wacker Neuson DW60 dumper collided with a Pelican crossing traffic column, a design issue has been identified and addressed by Network Rail Bulletin NRB 18/19.

The dumper operator was a temporary agency worker transferring granular fill material during a night shift between the main site compound and another area via the public road – a journey of about 10 minutes.

The investigation has revealed that the operator of the dumper, while assessed as competent to operate the dumper and holding a construction plant safety certificate, did not have a driving licence to drive on the public road.

This was unlawful and broke Network Rail's Life Saving Rules.

Holding a driving licence is not required to get plant operating certification.

2. Near miss with a group of trackworkers - Croxdale Viaduct

At 23:45 on the 20th January 2019, the driver of 5T83 made an emergency GSM-R call to report striking a worksite marker board on the Up Main at Croxdale Viaduct, and a subsequent near miss with two workers who had jumped clear of the train with just five seconds to spare.

The work group were monitoring the track associated with overhead line works and were working at the planned and agreed worksite location. But it was linked in error during planning to an unrelated possession at the same mileage on a different ELR some 90 miles away. This meant the worksite was on an open line, with a 90mph linespeed and no possession protection.

 

3. Person struck by falling over head wire

During planned renewal of an OLE wire run, it was discovered that the planned methodology was unable to be applied. Following review by the site management the decision was made to revert to the contingency plan to manually de-wire.

A re-brief of the manual methodology and the associated hazards and controls was undertaken and the work re-commenced.

As the work progressed, some of the supporting temporary materials failed which resulted in the wire dropping to the ground uncontrollably, striking the injured person on the head and shoulders.

The injured person was wearing his hard hat, which took most of the impact, however he had pains to his back and forearm and was taken to the local hospital by ambulance for a check-up.
The injured person was later released and is currently recovering at home.