ASLEF Concerned by ORR Health and Safety Report.

24 July 2012

ASLEF welcomes the positive findings in the 2012 report from the Office of Rail Regulation, which highlights a number of successes on UK railways. However, ASLEF is concerned by some of the report’s findings, and urges the Office of Rail Regulation to take action in these key areas;

1- Potentially ‘higher risk’ accidents have increased from 18-34 over the past year, putting ASLEF members at an unacceptable risk. ASLEF urges the ORR to take action whenever and wherever it can to minimise these risks to train drivers.

2- Workforce safety on the mainline railway deteriorated slightly, with increased levels of harm to train-drivers and on-board crew. Taking into account the number of workforce hours, the rate of harm increased by 4 % over the past year. ASLEF believes that recommendations made in the McNulty report into Rail Value for Money will lead to an even greater occurrence of these types of incidents on the line.

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