How should you communicate the instruction to proceed at caution; and how, as a driver, should you drive once the instruction has been given?
Every year trains still strike objects on the line such as trees, animals, vehicles and equipment, despite having been instructed to proceed at caution.
Part of the problem sometimes is that individuals involved in safety critical communication fail to come to a common understanding because of the way they communicate.
Operations experts from across the industry have worked together through the Train Operations Risk Group on a new briefing note to help address this issue. This has now been published by RSSB on sister website, Opsweb.
You will find this guidance useful if you are a driver, signaller, engineering supervisor, or safe work leader; or are involved in, or affected by, train movements. It will be most effective when included in instructor-led training and briefing sessions, particularly when practical experiences are sought from staff.
The guidance applies to all cases where a driver is instructed to proceed at caution, but is targeted particularly at situations encountered in normal operations on the running line. Although these principles still apply to movements in possessions, there may be additional factors to consider.
For more information, go to Opsweb (login required).