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Five ‘near misses’ in a month as Crossrail sets new safety directive

Crossrail has introduced the ‘Entry into Trial Running Health and Safety Campaign’, in a monthly update to the London Assembly. This follows a series of  follows five High Potential Near Misses (HPNM) recorded in February, including a derailment of an engineering train at Plumstead.

Crossrail chief executive Mark Wild said: “This is an extensive briefing campaign being disseminated across the whole programme, including the supply chain, stakeholders and infrastructure managers"

The other four HPNMs included:

  • At Bond Street, operatives were stopped by a supervisor while using a reciprocating saw in an unsafe manner to cut Heras fence panels
  • At Paddington, an operative cut an incorrect cable that was fortunately not live at the time
  • A platform screen door at Paddington was found three quarters open without a ‘Closed and Locked’ signal
  • During Dynamic Testing, a test train was given the wrong movement authority and proceeded to travel westwards out of Plumstead Siding One.

However there have not been any more HPNM’s reported since February, Crossrail looks to maintain the positive trajectory while it also looks to maintain its safety measures as the country transitions on a roadmap out of lock-down.  With much of the attention already having been paid to  the prevention of COVID19, they now look to mitigate risks apart from the virus.

A Crossrail spokesperson added: “As part of the build-up to the start of Trial Running on the Elizabeth line this spring Crossrail has been running an extensive programme of health and safety briefings and communications with the business, our supply chain and stakeholder partners.

“The aim of these is to manage the transition to Trial Running safely and in line with our Target Zero approach, which works towards a culture of no accidents on the Elizabeth line.”

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