Safety Vision and Lifesaving Rules

Our Safety Vision outlines the commitments which empower us all to get home safe every day. The vision and commitments are supported by our Lifesaving Rules which tackle the ten most common causes of injury and loss of life on the railway.

Andrew Haines, chief executive, Network Rail has recently endorsed the Safety Vision and updated it to reflect his belief that “there is no choice to be made between safety and reliability. World-class railways deliver both,day in, day out.”

It doesn’t matter what uniform you’re wearing, how long you’ve been on the railway, or how senior you are, we all have a responsibility to behave safely, and challenge unsafe behaviours and conditions when we see them.

We all deserve to get home to our families.

How to use the Safety Vision and Lifesaving Rules

Make them visible – having the Vision and Lifesaving Rules up on the wall is a great way to keep them top of mind, and reference them when you make everyday decisions at work

 Always reference them when you have safety conversations with your colleagues:

  • Do we always hold the commitments and rules to account?
  • If you’re discussing an incident- which of the commitments and rules were compromised and why?
  • Before you carry out work, is there anything that might compromise the commitments and rules, and if so, how do we solve this?
  • Talk about the performance benefits that come with approaching work Safety – highlight how planning thoroughly, assessing risk, and challenging each other benefits both safety and performance

Fair culture

Whenever we investigate a safety incident we apply our fair culture principles so that anyone involved can be certain they will be supported and treated fairly. They will only face negative consequences where their actions are shown to be reckless.

For an further information on the Fair Culture Flowchart, how it
should be used and how this fits in with the accident investigation process please refer to the guide in the attachment section of this page.

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