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yellowbook-rail.org.ukThat much beloved safety engineering handbook of the UK rail industry, the Yellow Book, is back. The handbook has been re-released as the International Handbook Engineering Safety Management (iESM).

Re-development is being carried out by Technical Program Delivery Ltd and the original authoring team of Dr Rob Davis, Paul Cheeseman and Bruce Elliot.

As with the original this incarnation is intended to be advisory rather than mandatory, nor does it tie itself to a particular legislative regime.

Volume one of the iESM containing the key processes in 36 pages is now available free of charge from the iESM’s website, enjoy.

Racing the Devil

21/03/2011

This railway crossing near miss due to a driver ‘racing the devil’ is, on the face of it, a classic example of the perversity of human behaviour. But on closer examination it does illustrate the risk we introduce when transitioning from a regine of approved operational procedures to those that have been merely accepted or tolerated.

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I attended the Australian Rail Safety Conference 2010 in Melbourne this week. The conference’s theme was safety leadership and as a result we had a broad spread of corporate executives present providing their views on the leadership aspect of safety.

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The Queensland Transport Rail Safety Unit (QTRSU) report into the fatal rail accident at Mindi in 2007 offers a good example of problem framing bias effect during safety investigations.

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