Measurement of occupational safety performance can be achieved through the creation and management of a database of accidents at work.
The UIC Occupational Health and Safety Group (OHSG) proposed a methodology to implement and develop a UIC database for accidents at work dedicated to European UIC members; both Infrastructure Managers (IM) and Railway Undertakings (RU). For these purposes train operators who also operate stations were classified as RU rather than both RU and IM.
Compiling statistics in relation to accidents at work can help the companies to manage the prevention of occupational safety risks. In particular the data collected can help companies to:
- better evaluate the occupational safety performance of railway activities;
- prioritise actions to improve their workplaces;
- identify and share good practices;
- improve their processes and make them more efficient, delivering economic benefits.
For more details click on the link below to the document “Accidents at work – methodology 2015”
In July 2016 the second edition of the database of accidents at work was issued.
The 2015 data are based on the contributions received from 28 European railway Companies of 18 countries (in the first edition were 23 companies of 12 countries).
The list of the participating railway companies is as follows:
|CFL||LU||IM + RU||Integrated company|
|CrossCountry||GB||RU||Passenger transport operator|
|Eurostar Intl||GB||RU||Passenger transport operator|
|HZ Infra||HR||IM||Infrastructure Manager|
|MAV||HU||RU + IM||Integrated Company|
|Network Rail||GB||IM||Infrastructure Manager|
|NXET||GB||RU||Passenger transport operator|
|PKP CARGO||PL||RU||Freight transport operator|
|PKP PLK||PL||IM||Infrastructure Manager|
|RENFE Operadora||ES||RU||Passenger and freight transport operator|
|SBB CFF FFS||CH||IM + RU||Integrated company|
|SNCB NMBS||BE||RU||Passenger and freight transport operator|
|SNCF||FR||IM + RU||Integrated company|
|Southeastern||UK||RU||Passenger transport operator|
|SZ||SI||IM + RU||Integrated company|
|TCDD||TR||IM + RU||Integrated company|
|TRENITALIA||IT||RU||Passenger and freight transport operator|
|ZSSK||SK||RU||Passenger transport operator|
|ZSSK CARGO||SK||RU||Freight transport operator|
The data from all 28 participating railway companies has been collated and shared between those companies as a spreadsheet showing company identities and nationalities.
The full report is only available to participating companies.
The information received allows comparison of occupational safety performances and can be used for benchmarking accidents at work performance for all railway companies.
The useful indicators are the Incidence rate (number of accidents at work every 1000 workers) and Severity rate (number of days lost every 1000 workers); these indicators allows to compare the performances of different companies or the performance of the same company in different periods as the rates are independent from the number of workers.
Moreover we can use the received information to calculate the overall trend of all companies that contributed to provide their data through the Global Incidence Rate and Global Severity Rate.
You can see the rates from 2013 to 2015.
|Global incidence rate ||18,7||17,3||19,1|
|Global severity rate ||1066||941||1054|
Before the end of February each year, UIC will issue a questionnaire – see the linked file "Accidents at Work Data Request" below – to the persons responsible for collation of work accident data in each European UIC member.
The deadline for completing the spreadsheet and sending the file to UIC is fixed at 31 May each year. The complete report will be published for the UIC Plenary meeting in October/November of the same year and made available only to companies providing UIC with their data sets.
If your Railway Company is interested in participating or would like more information please contact Olivier Georger at UIC: email@example.com
If you have any questions on issues of methodology please contact Riccardo Trillini: firstname.lastname@example.org