Rail companies link up with university in employee safety drive
ACADEMICS FROM Leeds Beckett University have teamed up with two rail companies to look at how to improve the safety for their employees.
VolkerRail Group is working with Dr Jim Morgan, from the School of Social Sciences, to enhance rail worker safety and reduce accident risk by looking at behavioural interventions.
Amey OW is also working with Leeds Beckett with the aim of reducing safety incidents across the company’s rail business and its supply chain, leading to a reduction in costs and better profits.
Both companies are being supported by Leeds Beckett through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP). KTP is a government-funded programme to help businesses develop and gain a competitive advantage with the help of UK universities. Each KTP creates a partnership between a business, the university and a highly skilled graduate.
Stuart Webster-Spriggs, director at VolkerRail, said: “The KTP project has accelerated the improvements we are continually seeking to our safety culture and is groundbreaking in terms of bespoke knowledge in the area of risk perception. As a result, we are achieving a much wider knowledge of our workforce through open engagement, and are able to react to what really drives them to make further improvements.”