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October 5, 2020

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Rail Safety: Injuries to workforce falls to lowest level in latest ORR safety statistics

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has released annual safety statistics, including accidents to passengers, workforce and members of the public and dangerous incidents.

london trainThese incidents are reported to the Office of Rail and Road under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulation (RIDDOR) and cover the mainline network in Great Britain, London Underground, Heritage, Light Rail and Tramways. This section also includes quarterly statistics on the number of signals passed at danger (SPADs).

This annual statistical release includes the number of fatalities and injuries affecting workforce and non-workforce (passengers and other members of the public) on the different rail networks. It also covers incidents and misuse at level crossings, and information on train accidents and the severity.

This release covers rail safety in Great Britain on mainline rail, London Underground, and other non-Network Rail networks (trams, metros, other light rail, minor and heritage railways).

Key results

  • There were four workforce fatalities in 2019-20. Three of these occurred on the mainline, and one fatality involved a London Underground infrastructure worker;
  • In 2019-20 there were 12 passenger fatalities: seven occurred on the mainline, and five occurred on London Underground. This is a decrease from 17 passenger fatalities in 2018-19;
  • On the mainline, the numbers of workforce major and minor injuries have fallen to their lowest levels since the time series began in 2007-08.

The document is available here.

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