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RSSB's annual safety report for 2003.
This document was published in 2004 by Railway Safety & Standards Board.
It was written by Railway Safety & Standards Board.
The original document format was PDF File, and comprised 426 pages.
This document was kindly sourced from Andrew Evans and is in our Safety reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 5th October 2011 by the Archivist.
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"Safety performance in 2003 generally improved. Against a background of increasing traffic:
There was no train accident that resulted in the fatality or major injury of a person on board the train. Significant train accidents (those presenting most risk to passengers) reduced to their best ever level (35), and the total number of all types of train accidents (just over 1,000 in 2003) reduced for the third successive year (by 22% in 2003), mainly due to less vandalism.
The total number of accidental fatalities on the railway were also at their lowest recorded level (73). Passenger fatalities were their lowest for three years (10); fatalities to members of the public not occurring at level crossings (mainly accidents to people trespassing on the line) were the lowest ever (45); and workforce fatalities reduced to their lowest level for six years (3).
Suicides, and suspected suicides, fell to their lowest number for five years (179).
Unfortunately, fatalities to level crossings users (15) were at their worst level for 10 years (largely from increased misuse), and the number of children who died increased (6), as did fatalities to passengers who trespassed on the line (6). Crime and violence on the railway also worsened. The broadest measure of safety performance, all accidental equivalent fatalities (aef), however, improved (by 4% to 148 aef), improving on the lowest level of harm previously recorded in 1995, and this is before any adjustment is made for the greater levels of activity in 2003."
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