Accident and Incident Reporting and Investigation - This standard should only be used for reference to ensure 'The Control of Risk' until the compliance date of its replacement standard is reached, upon which this standard will be withdrawn. The development of all new processes and procedures should be to the replacement standard
|Publication Date:||3 December 2011|
This standard and the processes within the Reporting and Investigation Manual apply to:
a) Events occurring on Network Rail Managed Infrastructure (NRMI);
b) Events that do not occur on NRMI but which cause, or have the potential to cause, an increase in risk on NRMI;
c) Events occurring on Network Rail managed stations;
d) Events involving rail vehicles operated by Network Rail;
e) Accidents and assaults involving Network Rail employees whilst on duty, including whilst travelling in road vehicles (whether owned, hired or leased by Network Rail);
f) Occupational ill health affecting Network Rail employees;
g) Accidents and assaults involving employees of contractors whilst undertaking work for Network Rail;
h) Accidents to members of the public occurring on NRMI or Network Rail managed stations, including cases of suicide, suspected suicide and attempted suicide;
i) Enforcement action taken by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) or other enforcing authority concerning issues relating to operations or activities on or affecting NRMI and Network Rail managed stations;
j) Judicial Inquiries, RAIB Investigations, Network Rail led Local and Formal Investigations, and investigations led by other Railway Group members.
This Network Rail standard and the processes within the Reporting and Investigation Manual are applicable to all business units and functions.
This standard and the processes within the Reporting and Investigation Manual do not apply to the initial reporting of an event (for example, information given by a signaller) as detailed in the Rule Book and the Working Manual for Rail Staff.
The purpose of this Network Rail standard and the processes within the Reporting and Investigation Manual is:
a) To provide a consistent, comprehensive and structured process:
- for the reporting of accidents and incidents;
- for the investigation of accidents and incidents in order to prevent, or reduce the risk of, their recurrence, without apportioning blame or liability;
- that enables information obtained from investigations to be shared with, and used by, organisations with a direct responsibility for maintaining, or improving railway safety.
b) So that:
- the requirements of Railway Group Standards GO/RT3119 and GE/RT8047 are met;
- accurate information is provided to the safety management information system (SMIS);
- action plans from investigation reports are accepted by the responsible designated competent person (DCP) for managing their implementation, tracking and closure once complete;
- recommendations from investigation reports, including those carried out by other parties, are systematically considered, implemented where appropriate, and tracked to completion;
c) To assist in:
- assessing safety risks;
- monitoring safety performance and compliance with Network Rail's Health and Safety Management System (HSMS