The cycle of performance reporting has become essential to ensuring that this development continues. But while statistics show the railway has got steadily safer over time, we know that good performance can breed complacency. It also makes it harder to spot trends and identify emerging issues, as there are fewer events to plot on charts.
To combat both these problems, RSSB tracks accident precursors – like signals passed at danger – and analyses risk (risk being a combination of the number of times something happens and its likely consequences).
Together, RSSB's consideration of safety performance and risk helps the rail industry make informed judgements and take safe decisions.
RSSB has produced a number of
accident investigation resources. We provide analysis of safety data that is collected through a range of
reporting systems, as well as learning from accident investigations.