Southeastern & Network Rail Southern
Southeastern (SE) and Network Rail Southern (NR) had a whole raft of activity planned:
Safeguarding / Public Safety: Engagement with schools and young people from safety workshops at Whitstable Secondary school, including a visit using VR headsets, to workshops on rail safety at The TSTS (Travel Safe Travel Smart) railway centre for children in Margate. The TSTS in Margate is joint managed by SE and NR. The Beavers also visited on the Friday of #RSW23. An exciting event that was open to all was the 1st public rail safety open day at Margate TSTS Centre on Saturday 1st July! At the open day there were 45 minute workshops on the hour, indoor activities and presentations.
Fire safety: With the latest risks of lithium-ion batteries and their recent ban, fire safety professionals from SE and NR joined forces to produce a webinar to inform colleagues. SE also presented at the RDG emergency planning group.
Engineering Safety: Across the week they conducted 45 minute sessions on hazard spotting exercises, stretcher exercises and pit rescue, as well as use of gantry and hoist demonstrations. Accompanying these activities, in their morning briefings key subjects such as fatigue, trespass and falls from height were covered.
Operational Safety: Emergency flashcards were available for all train crew to assist in out of course situations and emergencies. Plus a SPAD reduction workshop was held linking both SE & NR to investigate what actions they can take together or best practices they can share, to reduce the number of SPAD’s experienced.
Occupational Health & Safety / Wellbeing: A focus on stress and wellbeing at work including a Webinar designed for both NR and SE colleagues.
Southeastern’s Steve White also shared how he was pleased to see their approach to keeping customers and colleagues safe has been recognised through London TravelWatch’s scorecard ranking how companies are tackling antisocial behaviour on board services or at stations.