Rail com­pa­nies link up with univer­sity in em­ployee safety drive

Yorkshire Post - Business - - FOCUS ON SMES -

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.”

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