Transport & Logistics

Enhancing safeworking decision making and business performance in rail

Effective safeworking controls are vital for reducing the risk of collision after a signal is passed at danger (SPAD). But what happens when the Locomotive Engineer makes an unintended approach speed error or simply forgets where to stop? While many Locomotive Engineers are highly skilled at rapid, high pressure decision-making, human error is an ever-present…

25 May 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Transport & Logistics

Mixed signals: SPAD-risk management and mitigation from the Network Controller perspective

The term ‘SPAD’ (signal passed at danger) is often considered the ‘Voldemort’ of the rail industry. It represents one of the sector’s most ominous safety concerns, given the potential for high consequence accidents, loss of life, and severe reputational damage to the offending organisation. SPAD violations have been attributed to a number of “human” errors,…

13 Apr 2018, by Amy Sarcevic