EFFORTS to improve Safety and Security levels across the UK rail industry were commended at the Rail Business Awards 2014 held recently.
Several major organisations were nominated to receive the Safety Excellence and Security Excellence Awards for their efforts during individual projects. Both categories were filled with established organisations in the sector including Arriva Train Wales, CrossCountry Trains and AECOM.
But after pouring over the nominees, judges deemed Carillion PLC and Northern Rail as winners for their efforts, with Carillion collecting the Safety Excellence award and Northern Rail picking up Security Excellence.
Leading integrated support services organisation, Carillion PLC, scooped the Safety Excellence award on the night. The organisation were praised for removing their "passive and interfering" safety culture to a position where helping to create a safety environment was seen as heroic.
Northern Rail picked up the award for Security Excellence in what was an outstanding evening for the company, who also scooped three other awards. Northern's reduction in staff assaults from 154 to 95 in a year plus their "outstanding" 95% reduction in school related anti-social behaviour was applauded, with judges labelling their achievements as "remarkable".
For the second year in succession, both awards were sponsored by Scottish software developers Gael Ltd, developers of Safety, Risk and Compliance Management solutions. Gael's solutions are used globally in a variety of sectors including Rail.
And Ashley Marron, Gael's Chief Executive Officer, was delighted to present both awards.
"It was once again a great privilege to sponsor the Safety and Security Excellence awards, two categories that we are so passionate about here at Gael"