Rail Safety Week 2019

By Ganymede

With safety at the heart of everything we do at Ganymede, we were proud to support Rail Safety Week again this year. Rail Safety Week is an annual industry initiative that aims to address, engage, promote and bring rail safety to the forefront of people’s minds across a dedicated week. This year Rail Safety Week took place on 24 – 28 June and Ganymede had a busy week promoting the Safety First, Safety Always message to help ‘build safety together’. Here is a round-up of our activities during this year’s Rail Safety Week:

Ganymede is passionate about keeping local communities safe and believe in promoting railway safety to all ages. We were delighted to visit a local school in Derby, Pear Tree Junior School, to raise awareness and educate 350 pupils on the dangers of the railway. We were extremely pleased with how engaged the children were in relation to the importance of rail safety.

We announced we will donate £1 for every close call raised to our corporate charity, Samaritans. The money raised will support Samaritans carry out the vital work that they do to help save peoples lives. During Rail Safety Week 2019, Ganymede also announced our close call award winner for the previous quarter, Michael Earp. We would like to congratulate Michael once again who raised a considerate amount of close calls that made a positive difference to
improving rail safety.

We launched the summer edition of Safety First – our dedicated safety newsletter for our rail operatives that focuses on several safety critical areas. Our summer newsletter includes:safety tips to consider during the warm weather, accident/incident reporting, coping with fatigue, counter terrorism on the railway and much more. Click here to read the summer edition of Safety First.

We also delivered our summer safety moment events in Doncaster and supported Network Rail’s stand down events. Topics such as the effectiveness of close calls, summer safety tips and how to become a caring neighbour whilst working
on site were discussed and cool boxes, sun cream and insect repellent were issued to the operatives to help keep them safe during the warm weather. Our safety advisors recent achievement of their NEBOSH qualifications during Rail Safety Week was a great announcement. These qualifications support the company’s commitment to continually improve our health, quality, safety and environmental practices and procedures and deliver our ‘Safety First, Safety Always’ message.

Gary Lobue (Head of HSEQ, Ganymede), Russell Bradshaw (Group HSEQ Manager, RSS) and Mark Barrett (H&S Manager, Vital) teamed up to plan a new safety initiative that aims to improve accident and incident reporting across the rail sector.This project forms part of a wider Track Safety Alliance (TSA) safety improvement scheme that will improve rail safety. Rail Safety week saw leading names in the rail industry, health and safety conferences, site briefs and school safety-based events take place across the UK in order to promote the vital importance of rail safety.  We would like to thank everyone for taking part in Rail Safety Week 2019 and we look forward to supporting the great initiative again in 2020.

For a round-up of all the Rail Safety Week 2019 activities that took place – visit Rail Safety Week on Twitter