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December 7, 2017

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Croydon tram accident: Risk of overturning on curves “not properly understood”

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) found the risk of trams overturning on curves was “not properly understood” on the tramway and there were insufficient safety measures, according to its report into the Croydon tram crash last year

(Image: a tram heading for Sandilands station)

The finding come in the RAIB’s report into the overturning of a tram at Sandilands junction, Croydon, on 9 November 2016.

Simon French, chief inspector of rail accidents, said: “The RAIB’s report into the accident at Sandilands will stand as the record of the events that led to the tram overturning and the terrible human consequences. Our careful analysis of the evidence, and identification of the causal and underlying factors, has enabled us to make a number of far-reaching recommendations. These will have a lasting impact on the way that the tramway industry manages its risk.

Sleep and Fatigue: Director’s Briefing

Fatigue is common amongst the population, but particularly among those working abnormal hours, and can arise from excessive working time or poorly designed shift patterns. It is also related to workload, in that workers are more easily fatigued if their work is machine-paced, complex or monotonous.

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