Over July 2022, the OPC has focused attention on the area of Track worker safety, through a number of articles and published stories – Track worker safety is an area of ‘critical concern’ for our industry. Dr Stephen Fletcher, Director and Occupational Psychologist at the OPC shared some work and initiatives with track workers and track maintenance organisations focused on developing safer working behaviours and improvements to safety culture.
- The first article published on Rail Business Daily News on 20th July 2022, shares some learnings from a Post Incident Assessments (PIA) undertaken by OPC psychologists with a signaller and two track workers that investigates a close call on a line blockage. It explores what makes a safe and effective track worker, including insights into which Non-Technical Skills (NTS) and competencies are essential to on-the-job safe performance. It also offers advice about some relevant assessment tools to support in the recruitment and development of track workers. If you'd like to read the full article and hear more about our work and assessment tools that can help recruit and develop safer working behaviours, click here for full article.
- A second article was published on Rail Business Daily News on 28th July 2022. This article explored some case study learnings from a Post Incident Assessments (PIA) involving two contracted track workers who had a very near miss whilst setting up some possession boards and detonators. The story also shares some reflections and insights into key safety culture learnings highlighted from the PIA that can help to improve safety culture to keep our track workers safer on the network. If you'd like to read the full article and hear more about our work to develop safer working behaviours with track workers, click here for full article.
If you think the OPC can assist you in developing a talent acquisition process to identify and recruit safer track workers, or in developing improvements to your safety culture, then please contact us.