Annual Safety Performance Report 2009/10. Marcus Dacre, Senior Safety Intelligence Analyst, RSSB. Headlines. Overall, safety levels were maintained, consolidating improvements made in previous years. Some areas saw small improvements: Workforce injuries Train accident risk
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Marcus Dacre, Senior Safety Intelligence Analyst, RSSB
Rail is one of the safest modes of transport
Significant long-term reduction in train accident risk
No fatal train accident
since February 2007
Current rate less than one per year
Risk and harm are measured in terms of fatalities and weighted injuries (FWI).
Train accident risk is 7.7 FWI per year (out of a total of 141.3 FWI)
Potentially higher-risk train accidents account for 93% of train accident risk.
Lowest recorded number of potentially higher-risk train accidents
Performance fairly steady for last five years
Reduction in PIM measure of train accident risk during 2009/10
Large reduction in SPAD risk – largely due to TPWS.
Significant reduction in contribution from trains and rolling stock.
Reduction in infrastructure failures post Hatfield.
Little change in public behaviour at level crossings.
Overall reduction in 2009/10.
SPAD numbers and SPAD risk fell in 2009/10
SPAD numbers at record low.
Increase in 2007/08 due to two high-risk SPADs
SPAD risk less than 10% of March 2001 baseline.
Five passenger fatalities: equals lowest total on record
Four fatalities at the platform-train interface
An elderly person died from fall on escalator.
Little change in passenger major injuries
Little change in numbers over past six years.
Most major injuries are from slips, trips and falls in stations.
Small increase in passenger FWI
5% increase in FWI per passenger journey.
Around 5,500 passenger injuries reported in 2009/10
BTP record fall in assaults on passengers and public
Improving perceptions of personal security.
Lowest assault rate on record.
GBH and other serious assaults are relatively rare
Three workforce fatalities: all track workers
Most fatal accidents have involved track workers.
Lowest recorded number of workforce major injuries
Slips, trips and falls are biggest cause.
Workforce harm maintained at historically low level
Reduction in number of minor injuries.
More than 500 minor injuries resulting in >3 days lost time.
Harm from assaults and abuse at historical low
Industry has made efforts to address assault risk and improve data collection.
Twelve fatalities at level crossings: no change
Fewer collisions at level crossings than last year
Three fatal accidents resulted in five fatalities.
One fatal accident due to causes entirely under railway control.
Relatively high number of trespass fatalities
Last three years have seen high numbers of trespass fatalities.
Around 80% are struck by trains, 15% electrocuted.
Three children died in accidents during the year
Two fourteen-year-old boys killed in separate incidents while trespassing
A two-year-old struck by train on level crossing
High number of railway suicides
One year into the SSP, performance is in line with 13 of the 15 trajectories.
The government is targeting a 3% reduction in passenger and workforce risk during Control Period 4
Performance is in line to meet both targets by March 2014.
RSSB calculations show that UK performance was acceptable in all areas in 2008 and 2009
GB safety compares well with other European countries.
Overall, safety performance is in line with the commitment to maintain safety and, where reasonably practicable, seek improvements.
Rail safety in GB compares well with other modes of transport and other countries.
The industry appears to be generally on track to meet SSP trajectories, HLOS safety targets, and European safety targets.
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