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Lessons learned in collaborative working to address rail freight safety risks

Lookup NU author(s): Dr David GolightlyORCiD, Professor Roberto Palacin



This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0).


Rail freight safety is key to delivering effective, low carbon transport. The Great Britain rail freight sector has identified a number of risks to address and a programme of work in order to improve safety. However, the multi-stakeholder nature of the rail freight sector in Great Britain can present challenges when addressing those risks. This paper presents a study to identify lessons learned in the execution of collaborative work to address one of those risks-establishing Common Safe Systems of Work. Seven interviews with key stakeholders in the Common Safe Systems of Work project were analysed for learning points to take forward in addressing other rail freight safety risks. 16 learning points were identified with an emphasis on effective project scoping, project governance, communications and clarifying responsibilities.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Golightly D, Mills A, Hill D, Palacin R

Editor(s): D Golightly & N Balfe

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Ergonomics and Human Factors 2022: Annual Conference of the CIEHF

Year of Conference: 2022

Print publication date: 24/06/2022

Acceptance date: 24/01/2022

Date deposited: 09/09/2022

Publisher: CIEHF


ePrints DOI: 10.57711/rc4e-p809