UIC accidents at work database

The purpose of the accidents at work database

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”

Collection of european railway companies’ accidents at work data

In July 2020 the sixth edition of the database of accidents at work was released.
The 2019 data are based on the contributions received from 25 European railway Companies of 14 countries.

The list of the participating railway companies is as follows:

Railway CompanyNationalityTypeActivity
ADIF ES IM Infrastructure Manager
BANE NOR SF NO IM Infrastructure Manager
BLS AG CH IM + RU Integrated company
CFL LU IM + RU Integrated company
CFL Cargo LU RU Freight transport operator
CFR CALATORI RO RU Passenger transport operator
DB AG DE IM + RU Integrated company
Eurostar Intl GB RU Passenger transport operator
INFRABEL BE IM Infrastructure Manager
IP PT IM Infrastructure Manager
IrishRail IE IM Infrastructure Manager
MERCITALIA RAIL IT RU Freight transport operator
NETWORK RAIL GB IM Infrastructure Manager
NRIC BG IM Infrastructure Manager
PRORAIL NL IM Infrastructure Manager
RENFE Operadora ES RU Passenger and freight transport operator
RFI IT IM Infrastructure Manager
SBB CFF FFS CH IM + RU Integrated company
Southeastern GB RU Passenger transport operator
SZ SI IM + RU Integrated company
TCDD TR IM Infrastructure manager
TRENITALIA IT RU Passenger and freight transport operator
ZSR SK IM Infrastructure Manager
ZSSK SK RU Passenger transport operator
ZSSK CARGO SK RU Freight transport operator

The data from all 25 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 2017 to 2019.

  2017 2018 2019
Global incidence rate [1] 20.4 18.5 23.1
Global severity rate [2] 682 621 834

Instructions for participating in data provision to uic of the accidents at work data

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: georger@uic.org

If you have any questions on issues of methodology, please contact Riccardo Trillini at TRENITALIA: r.trillini@trenitalia.it

[1Global incidence rate = (N° accidents at work Company 1 + N° accidence at work Company 2 + …. + N° accidence at work Company n) x 1000 / (Average staff headcount Company 1 + Average staff headcount Company 2 + … + Average staff headcount Company n)

[2Global severity rate = (N° days lost Company 1 + N° days lost Company 2 + …. + N° days lost Company n) x 1000 / (Average staff headcount Company 1 + Average staff headcount Company 2 + … + Average staff headcount Company n)