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HSE Newsletter Issue 84 December

HSE Newsletter Issue 84 December





Your HSQE Team
HSQE Team 2019 Summary
5 minutes with...
Competition winner
My Idea
Hot Topic - Diabetes
Driving updates
Winter driving
Protected species - hazel dormice
VHRL notices
Colas close call 
H&S at work vital statistics 2019
Safety Matters - Close Call App
Safety alerts




Dear All,

Hello and welcome to the last edition in 2019 of the VHRL HSE Newsletter. To say that it has been a busy
year, for me and my team, is a bit of an understatement. Our three safety advisors have visited many
locations, driven the length and breadth of the country and given thousands of briefs over the past 11
months. The year has also seen the launch of various safety campaigns such as fatigue, driving and health
and wellbeing as well as the first VHRL safety survey, all of which have been successful. Despite all of this
excellent work, we are still having a number of accidents that could have been avoided. 
The Christmas period is traditionally very busy for us, which in turn increases the chances of having an
accident, so please remember to Take 5 For Safety. If you see something that is unsafe, then raise it
immediately with your supervisor.

I would like to thank you all for all the support you have given myself and my team over the past year. 
When we have been on sites, you have supported us 100% which makes our job a little easier. 
All that is left for me to do is to take this opportunity to wish you and your families
a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. 
All the best for 2020.

Stay safe,

Mark Barrett,
H&S Manager



Health and Safety Manager and Close
Call Champion
Mark.Barrett- The Mill
[email protected]
0161 836 7053 / 07717 306 817

HSE Adviser (Scotland) and Close Call Champion
Stephen McKay - Scotland and Newcastle
Stephen. [email protected]
07717 306 733

HSE Adviser and Safety Unit (North)
Jane Hepburn – Manchester, Solutions, Milton
Keynes (North) Doncaster, Market Rasen and
[email protected]
07717 306 797

HSE Adviser and Safety Unit (South)
Alex Wilson - Cardiff, Farnham, Milton Keynes
(South) and Canning Town.  
[email protected]
07717 306 811



ALEX WILSON HSE Adviser and Safety Unit (South)

During 2019 I have been operating one of the
fleet of safety briefing vehicles. I have been
travelling the South of England and Wales
briefing staff on our Q2 and Q3 safety briefings
together with any Vital, client or legislative
safety updates. Whilst meeting the staff for
briefings I have also taken the opportunity to
complete site safety tours to see first hand how
VHRL staff, together with staff from other
companies and clients, use the safety ethos of
VHRL in a working ‘on track’ environment. During
this period I have also been involved in the
investigation of accidents and incidents whilst
liaising with the clients to ensure all parties are
aware of any situations and also promote a
learning culture where lessons leaned can be
cascaded within and outside of VHRL..

Alex Wilson on board the safety
unit, briefing opeatives




STEPHEN MCKAY HSE Adviser and Safety Unit (Scotland)

This has been a very busy year for Vital’s HSE Photographs top to bottom. Stephen McKay with
Team, for Scotland and far North of England. We Chris Gostling, TVP Manager at Brew Monday
started the year with Brew Monday – Chesterfield. event, Glasgow rail staff completing their health
The 3rd Monday in January is recognised when a checks.R ail Live, Safety Point equipment
large number of people reach breaking point with
their mental health. Our  fleet of safety units, with
qualified mental health first aiders, were deployed
at known high risk locations supporting the
Samaritans as they offered comfort to those in
Health Checks - Nationwide. We purchased a set of
equipment to offer free health checks to operatives
across the country. This invaluable service has
yielded great results and has been the trigger for
users with health concerns to seek appropriate
professional medical intervention 
Lifewise – Rotherham. Our fleet department and
safety team hosted an event at Lifewise
where  South Yorkshire Police operate a facility to
safely demonstrate urban hazards and how to
mitigate them. Members of our workforce attended
and were taken through scenarios where safety
was compromised with serious outcomes. 
Rail Live – Long Marston. Vital Projects returned to
Rail Live where Works Manager, Jim Stevenson,
viewed and ordered a Safety Point Unit (see below
right). The portable cabinet can be deployed as
close to a worksite as possible & contains first aid
kits, fire extinguishers and essential safety




JANE HEPBURN HSE Adviser and Safety Unit (North)

Throughout 2019 the Northern safety unit
delivered Q1,Q2 and Q3 briefs along with
occupational health checks with VHRL manpower
across various locations between Carlisle,
Northern Wales, Doncaster and Milton Keynes
North, covering various contracts across the
business. The year started assisting the
Samaritans “Brew Monday” a campaign
supporting vulnerable people. The safety team
supported various clients across the year
supporting their own Safety Stand down days –
Amey Ole Ledburn, Balfour Beatty across
numerous locations, The Safety Team rounded
off a very successful year by attending the
Network Rail head office in Milton Keynes on
Wednesday 4th December at the request of
Darren Bryan NWR’s Category Manager. Thank
you all for your assistance in 2019. we look
forward to seeing you all again in 2020.

Photographs top to bottom. Balfour Beatty's
Peter Webb and Chris Ottley visit the Safety
Unit who supported their Boots on the Ground
Safety Day at Batch Plant. Neil Johnson –
Programme Director Mike Rogers – Head of
Delivery Kerry Bates – HSQE Advisor. Jim
Ritchie – Head Programme Support. Southern
TVP Crewe from the Doncaster Office, received
their Q3 brief with the Safety Unit in Huntingdon.
VHRL Safety Unit at NWR Head quarters Milton




Describe what you do in 10 words or less.
Operations Manager for Vital Milton Keynes Office
supplying labour in LNWS route.

What part(s) of your job do you enjoy the most?
Interacting with staff and clients ensuring the best
service is provided to both.

What is your proudest achievement so far?
Starting out on track in 2009 and now Operations
Manager for Vital in 2019.

If you hadn’t gone down your chosen career path,
what would you be doing?
I have a degree in surveying so likely a surveyor, or
every kids dream of being a footballer!

What do you do in your spare time?
Spending time with my children who are 7 years old and 18 months old and following
Glasgow’s Green and White (Celtic FC).


We are pleased to announce that the winner of the
Health and Safety Wordsearch Competition is Isabelle
Gray from the Farnham Office.  Isabelle wins £100 of
high street vouchers which will be in the post soon. 
Congratulations and thanks again for all those who

took part. T S A t e a m a n d A n d y
Kelly, Rail Manager 



Here at Vital, we are always keen to know the thoughts of our workforce. We
urge our employees to think freely and innovatively so we can provide safe
solutions for any problems that arise on the infrastructure. Now, we are
making it even more simple for you to get your thoughts and ideas heard!

It’s your chance to help us improve and be in with the chance to win £100 of gift
vouchers if your suggestion is put into practice!

Simply go to our website to email us at [email protected] with your
suggestions for improving safety or ideas for innovation.



What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar (Glucose) level to become
too high because the body can not use it properly. 
What are the Types of Diabetes?
There are 2 main types of diabetes:

Type 1 Diabetes
It happens when your body can't produce enough of a hormone called insulin which controls
blood glucose. You need daily injections of insulin to keep your blood glucose levels under
control. Managing type 1 diabetes can take time to get used to, but you can still do all the
things you enjoy. Type 1 diabetes isn't linked with age or being overweight – this is type 2
Getting Treatment for Type 1 Diabetes
Your GP will do a urine test and might check your blood glucose (sugar) level. If they think you
might have diabetes, they will advise you to go to hospital straight away for an assessment.
You'll stay in hospital until you get the blood test results. This is usually the same day. If you
are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, a diabetes nurse will show you the things you need to do
to start managing it, such as testing your own blood glucose and how to inject insulin.

Type 2 Diabetes
Where the body doesn't produce enough insulin, or the body's cells don't react to insulin. 
Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1. In the UK, around 90% of all adults with
diabetes have type 2.
Getting Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is often diagnosed following blood or urine tests for something else. However,
you should see your GP straight away if you have any symptoms of diabetes.
To find out if you have type 2 diabetes, you usually have to go through the following steps:
1. See your GP about your symptoms.
2. Your GP will check your urine and arrange a blood test to check your blood sugar levels. It
usually takes about 1 to 2 days for the results to come back.
3. If you have diabetes, your GP will ask you to come in again so they can explain the test
results and what will happen next. 
4. You'll usually be offered a medicine called metformin first. If your blood sugar levels aren't
lower within 3 months, you may need another medicine. Over time, you may need a
combination of medicines. Your GP or diabetes nurse will recommend the medicines most
suitable for you. Insulin isn't often used for type 2 diabetes in the early years. It's only needed
when other medicines no longer work.



Common symptoms Diabetes are:
•  feeling very thirsty
•  peeing more than usual, particularly at night
•  feeling very tired
•  losing weight without trying
•  thrush that keeps coming back
•  blurred vision
•  cuts and grazes that aren't healing
Type 1 diabetes symptoms can come on quickly, particularly in children.

Risk Factors
About 90 per cent of people with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes. It can come on slowly, usually
over the age of 40. The signs may not be obvious, or there may be no signs at all, therefore it might
be up to 10 years before you find out you have it. That’s why it’s very important to know the risk
factors and find out your risk, so you can do something about it.

You're also more at risk if:
you’ve ever had a heart attack or a stroke
you've ever had high blood pressure
you have schizophrenia, bipolar illness or depression, or if you are receiving treatment with anti
psychotic medication
you're overweight, especially if you're large around the middle (Type 2)
you’re a woman who’s had polycystic ovaries, gestational diabetes, or a baby weighing over 10
your two to six times more likely to get Type 2 diabetes if you have a parent, brother, sister or
child with diabetes



How to reduce the risk of Diabetes
There are a number of factors that can increase your chance of developing type 2 diabetes,
so by taking simple steps, you can lower your chances of getting it:

1. Lose weight - Quite simply, shedding pounds will drastically reduce your chances of
getting type 2 diabetes. 80% of people who have diabetes are overweight, so if you are
overweight or obese, it’s time to think about cutting back.

2. Increase your exercise level - It goes without saying that increasing the amount of time
you spend exercising will make you feel better and help towards losing weight. Research has
found that regular exercise can reduce your risk of developing by up to 64%, so it is backed
up by science.  Talk to your GP for an idea of some suitable exercises for you.

3. Stop smoking - Most people are aware of smoking’s link to cancer, but not as many
understand how it’s connected to diabetes.  Smoking has been proven to increase blood
pressure levels, which are known to be a major cause of diabetes.

4. Eat healthily - A diet that is low in fat, sugar and salt and contains a lot of fruit and veg will
reduce your cholesterol levels – a simple way to reduce your risk of diabetes.  Studies
published revealed that eating processed meat ups your risk of diabetes by 40% and more
recent research has shown that vegetarians are a third less likely to suffer from heart
problems, a stroke or diabetes.

5. Cut back on alcohol - Drinking alcohol can contribute towards the conditions that cause
diabetes.  Alcohol can increase your chances of putting on weight, as it is essentially empty
calories. A pint of beer, for example, can be equivalent to a bar of chocolate. Heavy drinking
can also lead to conditions such as chronic pancreatitis, which has a side-effect of diabetes.
There’s nothing wrong with a little alcohol in moderation, but excessive drinking can definitely
lead to an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

6. Cut sugar and refined carbs from your diet - Eating sugary foods and refined carbs can
put at-risk individuals on the fast track to developing diabetes. Your body rapidly breaks
these foods down into small sugar molecules, which are absorbed into your
bloodstream. The resulting rise in blood sugar stimulates your pancreas to produce insulin, a
hormone that helps sugar get out of the bloodstream and into your body's cells.



7. Work out regularly - Performing physical activity on a regular basis may help prevent
diabetes.  Exercise increases the insulin sensitivity of your cells. So, when you exercise, less
insulin is required to keep your blood sugar levels under control.

8. Drink more water - Water is by far the most natural beverage you can drink. What's more,
sticking with water most of the time helps you avoid beverages that are high in sugar,
preservatives and other questionable ingredients. Sugary beverages like soda and punch
have been linked to an increased risk of both type 2 diabetes and latent autoimmune
diabetes of adults (LADA).
9. Watch portion sizes - Whether or not you decide to follow a low-carb diet, it's important to
avoid large portions of food to reduce the risk of diabetes, especially if you are overweight.
Eating too much food at one time has been shown to cause higher blood sugar and insulin
levels in people at risk of diabetes. On the other hand, decreasing portion sizes may help
prevent this type of response
10. Eat a high-fibre diet - Getting plenty of fibre is beneficial for gut health and weight
management.  Studies in obese, elderly and prediabetic individuals have shown that it helps
keep blood sugar and insulin levels low. Fibre can be divided into two broad categories:
soluble and insoluble. Soluble fibre absorbs water, whereas insoluble fibre does not.



Fatigue is a condition which causes extreme tiredness resulting from mental or physical
exertion or illness. According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1 in 5 people feels
unusually tired and 1 in 10 have prolonged fatigue. There are three major contributors to
tiredness: Physical, psychological and lifestyle.

Many factor can increase your chances of suffering from fatigue.
These include:
Not enough sleep - lack of sleep causes fatigue and can have a negative impact on your
overall health and wellbeing.
Not enough fuel - what you eat (or don't eat) can affect how much you do or don't sleep. Not
eating enough.
Depression - depression causes sadness and anxiety but it can also cause physical
symptoms including fatigue, insomnia, aches and pains.
Caffeine - too much caffeine can cause jitteriness increased heart rate and palpitation, high
blood pressure, anxiety and insomnia. In addition, after caffeine wears off, users can "crash"
and feel fatigued.
Diabetes - Diabetes can cause fatigue with either high or low blood sugars.
Dehydration - we all know water quenches thirst but did you know a lack of it could make
you fatigued? By the time you feel thirsty, you're already dehydrated.
Shift work disorder - shift work can wreak havoc on your body's 24 hour internal clock, or
circadian rhythm. When you work nights or rotate shifts, your body doesn't know when to be
awake and when to sleep, which cause fatigue.

The common signs of fatigue are:

Can't stop yawning
Can't recall last thought, conversation etc
Trouble with focusing
Dry or sore eyes
Your head droops
Performance slows
Quality of work diminishes




Maintain a healthy sleep pattern - Aim for seven to eight hours of sleep every night. Do not
eat a big meal before going to bed. Go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at
the same time each morning to keep yourself on schedule. Make sure your mattress is
comfortable, the room is sufficiently dark and cool and your mobile devices and television are
off. If you are still unable to sleep after making changes to your working environment, consult
a doctor to rule out a sleep disorder.
Have a balanced diet - Eat a balanced diet, complete with fruits, vegetables, whole grains
and protein. Avoid or limit junk foods high in sugar and fat.
Seek help - If you or someone you care about is depressed, seek medical attention.
Depression may not resolve without treatment and there are many treatments including
therapy and medications that can help resole symptoms.
Cut down on caffeine - If you drink a lot of coffee, tea or cola that contains caffeine, you will
need to gradually wean yourself off these drinks, supplements or medications. You may
experience withdrawal symptoms if you suddenly eliminate caffeine entirely, so start slowly.
First, begin drinking more water and fewer caffeinated beverages every day.
Shift work - If you have to sleep during the day, try to make your sleeping area as dark, cool
and quiet as possible. If you have to work at night, keep your workplace brightly lit. Try to
work night shifts all in a row and avoid frequently rotating shifts. Stay away from caffeine and
stick to a regular sleep-wake schedule as much as possible on days off.
Diabetes - If you are a person with diabetes, it is important to manage your condition. Your
doctor will often recommend lifestyle changes including diet and exercise. You may also be
prescribed insulin or other diabetes medications to help you control your blood sugar levels
Drink plenty of water - Most experts recommend about eight glasses per day, but you may
need more if you exercise or live or work in a warm environment. If you're well hydrated, your
urine will be clear or pale yellow. If it's darker, you may need more fluids.
Fast fix for mild fatigue - Some of us are simply tired with no medical cause. The good news
is that exercise may give us a boost. Studies consistently show that people who engage in
regular exercise feel less fatigue than those who don't. When exercising for energy, stay in
the low to moderate exertion range, such as walking, yoga or light resistance training to fight

Remember, if you have been feeling constantly tired for more than four weeks, it is a good
idea to see your GP so that they can confirm or rule out a medical condition that could be

causing your tiredness and fatigue.



Petrol and diesel have new labels at filling station pumps.
There’s no need to worry or change what you do – the fuel is exactly the same.

Just learn your new label to make sure you choose the right fuel every time.
Same fuel, new label

All petrol and diesel is exactly the same as before. The labels are simply another way to help you
choose the right fuel. Petrol is now labelled E5. Diesel is labelled B7.

Retailers are likely to continue to call these fuels “petrol” (or “unleaded”) and “diesel”.

The labels use symbols for petrol or diesel, plus a letter and number to
tell you:

the type of renewable fuel and the maximum percentage of the relevant
renewable fuel it contains. The fuels are exactly the same as before.
Why we add renewable fuels

Renewable fuels (such as biodiesel and ethanol) have been blended into
UK petrol and diesel fuel for over 10 years. They reduce overall carbon
dioxide (CO2) emissions and help the UK meet climate change targets.
Last year, blending renewable fuels in this way reduced CO2 emissions

by the equivalent of taking over 1 million cars off the road.
Where you will see the new labels

The labels will be on fuel dispensers and nozzles at all petrol stations,
and on new vehicles.

On new vehicles you can match the label on the pump with a label near
the fuel cap.




From 2 December, drivers of prohibited vehicles could now receive a fine for each
journey made through Rotherhithe Tunnel.

This is due to a number of restrictions in place to help ensure the safety of people in the tunnel.
Vehicles more than two metres (6'6") wide, two metres high or goods

vehicles that weigh more than two tonnes (maximum gross weight) are not permitted.

This is to ensure safety and reduce risk of collisions. 
Cameras have been in place since early February 2019 to enforce these restrictions 24/7, but fines
have been limited to one per offending vehicle per day. Since then, there have been a number of

repeat offences by prohibited vehicles.
The changes coming into place mean that drivers of these vehicles could receive a fine for each

journey made through the tunnel.
Drivers restricted from using the tunnel should use Tower Bridge or Blackwall
Tunnel, both of which are outside of the Congestion Charge and ULEZ zones. 
For full details, including a map showing alternative routes, visit the Rotherhithe Tunnel page



Winter is a more dangerous time to drive; the wet conditions and darkness during most people’s
commute to and from home being the main reasons why we have significantly higher accidents
recorded. Between 2012-2018, when the clocks went back to mark the end of Daylight Saving, car
accidents spiked in the subsequent month and the number of road traffic accidents occurring between
5pm and 8pm also increased.
The majority of accidents involve young, inexperienced drivers who may be driving in dark conditions
on slippery roads for the first time, however, all drivers, as experienced as they may be, should refresh
their memories on how to drive in wintery conditions to ensure that everyone gets
home safely.
Dark Conditions

Keep windows clean to avoid increased glare and condensation, improving visibility.
Familiarise yourself with all light controls in the car.
Dip your headlights when faced with another road user to avoid dazzling them.
Consider turning your headlights on during the hour after sunrise and hour before sunset to help
other drivers see you during twilight periods.
Consider dimming dashboard lights if possible to reduce reflections and distractions.
Watch vigilantly for pedestrians, particularly by shops, pubs and restaurants.



Wet Conditions
Keep well back from the vehicle in front to decrease loss of visibility from spray and also account
for the fact stopping distance at least doubles in wet conditions.
If steering becomes unresponsive, ease off the accelerator and gradually slow down, do not brake.
Be aware of the dangers of spilt diesel and the effect it has on surface grip.
Access bodies of standing water carefully, if you’re unsure of the depth then don’t go through.

Snowy/Icy Conditions
Firstly, avoid driving in snowy/icy conditions unless it is essential. Check the weather forecast
before travelling and let someone know where you are going.
Keep an emergency kit with de-icer, an ice scraper, a torch, warm clothing and a shovel in your
boot; you may also wish to pack food and drinks. Keep your phone charged.
Before setting off, ensure all windows and lights are completely clear as well as all mirrors and
windows are demisted. Remove any excess snow that may fall into the path of other road users.
Drive with extreme care; keep well back from other road users as stopping distances can increase
by ten times in icy conditions.
Pull away in 2nd gear and drive at a slow speed in as high a gear as suitable, brake progressively
and very gently, avoid any sudden actions and braking while turning corners.




Hazel Dormice are the only species of Dormice found in the UK. Themselves, along
with their breeding sites and resting places, are protected by law. It is an offence to
deliberately capture, injure or kill Hazel Dormice and damage/destroy a resting place

or breeding site.

Golden brown fur and a bushy tail
Hibernate for around 6 months a year (October to April)
Build their own nests out of grass and leaves
Around 10-15 cm in diameter
Hibernate at ground level in dense scrubs, hedgerow and tree stumps
Chewed hazel nuts have a smooth inner rim with tooth marks at an angle to the hole

Pre works
Determine if there is potential for dormice in close proximity of the works (e.g. dense
hedgerow/scrubs habitat close to the work site)
Identify if there are any immediate signs of dormice (check for nests/hazelnut
Determine if work is likely to impact their potential habitat (e.g. vegetation clearance
required as pat of the works) - Contact local Environment Manager for support
If yes to all the above then an ecologist will be needed to carry out a survey.
The project should then ensure that adequate safeguarding and mitigation are in
place prior to the works - based on the ecologists recommendations

During works
If Dormice are found during the works:

STOP works and inform your line manager - don’t move or handle them
Report the incident to SCO 24/7
Contact your Local Environment Manager and Ecologists who will advise on the next
Where Dormice risk has already been identified, consider:
Holding toolbox talks to make workforce aware of the risks, even if the works are not
thought to be directly impacting their habitat
Having an ecologist on site for some activities which have the potential to cause an
impact if not carried out with precaution


All VHRL workers must be fit for work before travelling and commencing any shift. Fit for work is
defined as a state where the individual is physically, mentally and emotionally capable to enable
them to perform their tasks completely and safely.


Fatigue is a major risk to all who work in the rail industry. Accordingly, VHRL has systems in place to
reduce the risk of fatigue when planning shifts. It is therefore imperative the worker informs VHRL of any
other employment in order for this risk to be considered. It is the sole responsibility of the worker having
employment to inform the VHRL branch responsible for planning and allocating work in order for this
other work to be considered before any shift(s) are finalised.


We are now seeing more examples of our workers not signing out when leaving site. I f you do not
sign out then a report is sent to head office for us to action. Please do not get caught out.


As the cold weather is now here, you are reminded that the wearing of hoodies is forbidden. We
have balaclavas and snoods that are approved for wearing under your hard hat during the colder
weather. Anybody found wearing a hoody will be asked to remove it. If you require a
balaclava or snood then please contact your local branch. This will give them sufficient time to
source and issue accordingly .


As part of our Fatigue Management policy, hotels are provided when the 14-hour door to door policy
(12 hours on some projects) may be in danger of being breached. This forms part of the shift planning
process and they are there to protect you and your team. The hotel s are provided to protect you all
from accidents and incidents that may occur as a result of fatigue, so please ensure they are utilised
when booked.


We currently have 15 HSE Ambassadors with more in training.

Scotland Solutions Manchester Canning Town
Shaun Gallacher Abid Uddin Brian Healey John MacVicar
Andy Kelly Mark Wallis
Alec Beattie Farnham Gareth Davies
Jim Stevenson Jalal Ahmed
Stephen Docherty Carol Dwyer Colas Free to be Safe Champion
Dillon Miller Phil Allen Gareth Davies - Canning Town
Sean Mayle


If you have an accident on site, no matter how small or unimportant you think it might be, make
sure you report it to your site supervisor immediately AND your Business Operations Manager
immediately. This will ensure that an investigation is carried out which will help to prevent further
accidents from occurring.


The November edition of the Osborne STOP Think! Magazine can be found by accessing the
following link:


Colas also have an app for submitting Close
Calls which is known as CARL
Call, Action, Report, Learn

The app is easy to download an use. Vital
personnel are encouraged to download this
app so that we can raise Close Calls which will
in turn improve overall safety.

If you cannot download the app then please
raise Close Calls to
[email protected]

Do you know that you can also use the CARL
app to complete site safety tours and safety

Vital workers on Colas sites are encouraged to
use this part of the app. If you need assistance,
then please contact our H&S Manager, Mark

Having IT problems with CARL? Colas are
happy to help you with this. Feel free to
contact them [email protected]




Created specifically for our workforce; a multi platform mobile app that
has been designed for users to ensure they can report a close call at
anytime and any place. 

0161 836 7200
SIMPLE - Add the information to the form
provided and submit

DIRECT - All close calls reported through
the app are sent instantly to our Health
and Safety mailbox 

PHOTOGRAPH - Upload supporting

OFFLINE - No network connection
required - use the app anywhere


Available to download NOW!



Manchester (Head Office) Abercynon Bellshill
tel 0161 836 7000 tel 01443 809 950 tel 01698 840 950
email [email protected] email [email protected] email [email protected]
The Mill, G16/17 Ty Cynon, Dalziel House, Ground Floor,
South Hall Street, Navigation Park, Strathclyde Business Park,
off Ordsall Lane, Abercynon, Lark Way, Bellshill,
Salford, Manchester, CF45 4SN Lanarkshire,
M5 4TP ML4 3RB

Birmingham  Cardiff Crewe
tel 0121 809 3010 tel 029 2083 9955 tel 01270 906 130
email [email protected] email [email protected] email [email protected]
F03 First Floor, The Laurels, Dragons Wharf,
Fairgate House, Heol Y Rhosog, Sandbach,
205 Kings Road, Springmeadows Business Park, Cheshire,
Tyseley, Rumney, CW11 3PA
Birmingham, Cardiff,
B11 2AA CF3 2EW

Doncaster Farnham Market Rasen
tel 01302 244450 tel 01252 964 020 tel 01302 308 080
email [email protected] email [email protected] email [email protected]
First Floor Offices, Unit 10, Unit 2,
Carr House, Guildford Road Trading Estate, Gallamore Lane Ind. Estate,
Heavens Walk, Farnham, Market Rasen,
Doncaster, Surrey, LN8 3HZ

Milton Keynes Newcastle London
tel 01908 015020 tel 0191 300 0433 tel 0203 963 5080
email [email protected] email [email protected] email [email protected]
Suite 532, Spaceworks, Unit 10,
Elder House, Benton Park Road, Canning Town Business Park,
Elder Gate, Newcastle upon Tyne, Stephenson Street,
Milton Keynes, Tyne & Wear, London,
MK9 1LR NE7 7LX E16 4SA



VHRL Safety Alert - 030
Serious Head Injury Sustained
Foreign debris eye injury in Wessex
Assault and robbery at Willesden substation
Isolation irregularities
Southern Capital Delivery - Home safe
CogLoad - Share with pride
TBT - Lighting on site
TBT - Slips, trips and falls
Briefing note - Handbook transmittal forms
Give blood this winter
Capital Delivery Safety Alert- Lack of red bonding
Winter Fleet Newsletter - Morson/Vital

Vital Safety Alert No.030 Date: 7th November 2019

Attack on Possession Support Staff – 7th November 2019

After applying short circuiting straps at Hawkenbury Arch in Kent, two Possession Support staff reported that
upon leaving site at approximately 01:50, their vehicle was approached by a Land Rover with two male
occupants. The Possession Support lowered his window and one of the occupants of the Land Rover asked for
directions to Staplehurst.
The Possession Support staff gave the requested directions but as they began to drive off, a large quantity of
white powder was thrown by one of the occupants of the Range Rover through the open window of their van.
Both the vehicle and the faces of the members of staff were covered with the white powder.
The Range Rover immediately pulled away and left the scene of the attack.

Both members of staff immediately rinsed and soaked their faces with water to remove the substance and
then reported the incident to the Engineering Supervisor who escalated it to Route Control.

Initially the members of staff did not appear to be adversely affected but later reported that they had begun
coughing and were experiencing very dry mouths.
The men were accompanied to A&E for examination and later discharged after the substance was deemed to
be non-harmful.
They were advised to monitor their situation throughout the day and if they experienced further symptoms to
return to the hospital.

Minimise the Danger to Yourself

• Be vigilant at all times
• Whilst waiting in your vehicle for the PICOP’s instructions, ensure that the doors are locked
• Adopt caution if approached by members of the public
• Only lower your window a couple of inches if you are engaged in conversation from non-railway

• If you are suspicious of the intent of strangers, leave the vicinity and report your suspicions
• If you feel threatened, remain in your vehicle and call for assistance
• Report any instances of menace or aggression immediately
• Store the telephone number of the British Transport Police in your phone
• Carry a first aid kit in your vehicle
• If you are attacked with a substance, thoroughly clean yourself and seek medical attention

British Transport Police – 0800 40 50 40

In an emergency, always dial 999


TITLE OF ALERT Network Rail WWB19/005 Serious Head Injury Sustained

St Maur Miles DATE ISSUED 29/11/2019


Overview - Capital Delivery Wales & Western
On the morning of 22nd November 2019, at approximately 01:20, a subcontractor was installing a “dead section”
(insulator) in the existing catenary wire at Green Lane, Newport.

The activity required the two operatives to work from a MEWP basket to replace a section of the OLE wire. This
was done using rigging equipment to clamp the section of wire to be replaced then tensioning the wire using a
winch. This allows the section of wire within the clamps to be cut out and replaced with the “dead section”

Whilst under tension a failure occurred where the operative was struck on his forehead, sustaining a fractured
skull. The operative remains in hospital undergoing treatment for his injuries.


For discussion
An investigation is underway to establish causes of the event and to share learning which will be issued in due
course. In the meantime, please take 5 to discuss your working environment, your work equipment and method of
working for your activity.

Please remember if you feel what you are doing could be made safer, please use the Worksafe process to re-
evaluate what you are doing.


Please brief to all relevant staff and suppliers.

Please display this Health and Safety Alert on noticeboards and brief to all relevant employees within 48 hours.

DATE 08/08/2018 IF PRINTED PAGE 1 OF 3

Safety Alert

Title: Eye Injury in Wessex

Date: 27/10/19

Distribution: All staff

Priority level: High


The IP was standing in the vicinity of rail being cut and a foreign body flicked under
his specs and into his left eye. Eye wash provided & first aid given on site. This could
have had far more serious consequences as the IP should not have been in such close
proximity to the activity.

Life saving rule breached:
Exclusion Zones

Action Required:

• All staff to be briefed on this incident and briefed on the need for exclusion
zones to be implemented and maintained when carrying out activities that
may cause injury

• These activities may include but are not limited to;
• Disc cutting rail
• Burning Rail
• Welding Operations
• Impact Wrench
• Using Chainsaw
• Lifting Operations

• Exclusion Zones of at least 10 metres from the activity must be set up for staff
not involved in the activity

• Site Managers and Supervisors to enforce these exclusion zones

Safety Issued by Tom Bowler Colas Rail


TITLE OF ALERT Assault & Robbery at Willesden Substation
Rail H&S Business Partner DATE ISSUED


Assault of contractor attempting to stop robbery of tools from contractor’s van. Originally developed for
E&P Renewals.


On Thursday 31st October on Harrow Road NW10 4TD which is the access to Willesden Substation.

A Lowery member of staff was assaulted by a person attempting to steal equipment from a company
van. The attacker stole some tools from the side of the van and when the Lowery operative attempted
to recover tools, the attacker had accomplices who jumped out of the car wearing balaclavas and used
a crowbar as a weapon against the Lowery operative.

The Lowery operative was not seriously injured and had a lucky escape

Given the nature of violent assaults in the Greater London area in recent months, all staff are reminded
that their personal safety and well-being is our highest priority and far more important than company

The Willesden Junction area which we understand has become a hotspot for this kind of incident.


Keep vans secured at all times and, although tools cost the company a lot of money, there is no price
on your own safety.
If you find yourself in a situation like this, please just walk away and stay out of harm’s way.

Please display this Health and Safety Alert on noticeboards and brief to all relevant employees within 48 hours.

DATE 08/08/2018 IF PRINTED PAGE 1 OF 2


TITLE OF ALERT Isolation Irregularities REF NO. 19-ConR-A032


Eastern Region has recently experienced several isolation irregularities where OHL staff were not
following the life‐saving rules by attempted to apply earths to live equipment.


All staff are reminded that:
Failing to follow electrical lifesaving rules could result in risk of serious injury or death from

electrocution, and potential to cause damage to OLE.
Every incident where an earth is applied to a live conductor shall be formally investigated,

using the fair culture process.
A Close Call should be raised when a conductor is tested live and it is not expected to be live.

All rail staff are to comply with the electrical lifesaving rules, and to ensure that the following five
actions are followed:

1. Test before earth
2. Apply earths
3. Always be sure the required plans and permits are in place, before you start work (Form C)
4. Test before touch
5. Retest if you move beyond any inline OLE feature


This is not a new requirement.
Please feedback any problems you are facing and areas you need help with, and we will try to help.

Please display this Health and Safety Alert on noticeboards and brief to all relevant employees within 48 hours.

DATE 08/08/2018 IF PRINTED PAGE 1 OF 3

Southern Capital Delivery

Home Safe

Southern Shield Weekly Safety Update

20 November 2019

Points run through Winter Step Up Briefing

Operatives were taking materials to a rail locked site from a nearby Each year we see a spike in
Road/Rail Access Point (RRAP) using a Road Rail Vehicle (RRV). Before accidents over the winter period –
the RRV left the RRAP it was confirmed with the signaller that all the let’s break the trend. A Southern
points we correctly set for the movement (points set to normal). Shield Winter Step Up Brief has
However, while travelling to the worksite with materials, the RRV ran been produced for you to use
through a set of points causing damage. The initial investigation when briefing your teams. This
identified that the set of points had been moved manually from can be downloaded from the
normal to reverse about the time the RRV set off. The investigation is Southern Shield website.
Although the circumstances of the Working at Height Suspended
points run through are being Harness Drill Presentation
investigated, now would be a good
time to re-familiarise yourself with
the Til’ Dawn Lamp process that was
mandated in 2017.

No plans or permits in place

During embankment works, it was identified that works were being On Friday 8 November, as part of
undertaken without a signed off construction phase plan in place. their ‘Drill It’ campaign, BAM
Remember… always be sure that the Nuttall planned a Working at
correct plans and permits are in place, Height (WAH) suspended rescue
before you start a job or go on or near the drill.
line. A presentation has been produced
Did you know…the Construction (Design and Management) by the BAM team which includes
Regulations 2015 state that a Construction Phase Plan (CPP) must further information, images and
be in place before construction and site set up starts? findings/lessons learnt. You can
download this from the Southern
Working with electricity Shield website.

During surveys open ended DC track feeder cables were found at a TP
Hut, resulting in exposed cables which posed an electrocution risk. On
arrival at another site it was found that the door to the DC module
had been left unlocked, with the potential that unauthorised persons
could have gained access to live equipment. The door was locked and
If you find any issues or potential hazards on your site, raise a Close Call.


Contact us: [email protected] or go to

Home Safe

Great challenge – fall protection in place? Can you use CBD Oil?

A Close Call was raised after scaffolders were seen working at height What is CBD Oil
without suitable precautions to prevent falls. CBD (cannabidiol) oil is extracted
Falls from height remain one of the from strains of the cannabis plant
most common causes of work- and is sold as a food or herbal
related fatalities and injuries in the supplement.
UK. Always have the correct fall Is CBD oil safe for use?
protection in place. CBD oil may cause symptoms
which impact on safety
Great challenge – dust danger critical working. The use of CBD oil
is not advisable for any Network
A Close Call was raised after an operative was observed cutting cable Rail employee, due to a lack of
troughs with no dust mask. The task was stopped, and the operative definitive evidence that
was instructed to obtain a suitable dust mask before the task was performance or judgement is not
allowed to continue. impaired. Furthermore, the rail
Remember… always wear the correct PPE for the task at hand. If industry does not support the use
in doubt, check the Southern Shield PPE guide. of CBD oil.
How does this apply to Network
The dust danger… Rail drug and alcohol testing?
Network Rail has a zero tolerance
Did you know that each year 12,000 workers across Great Britain to drugs and alcohol at work.
are estimated to be killed by work-related lung diseases linked Should you take CBD oil, you
exposures to dust? could be at risk of failing a drug
It is important that control measures are in places to protect people and alcohol test. The advice could
from the exposure of asbestos, silica and woods dust. change if new conclusive evidence
Dust can be categorised into two categories: emerges around the safe use of
1. Inhalable dust which is CBD oil.
You can download a factsheet on
larger sized dust particles the use of CBD from the Southern
that you can generally Shield website.
see with the naked eye.
This type of dust reaches Available for downloading
the upper section of your
lungs. Click on the image above to view or
2. Respirable dust which is download
smaller sized dust
particles that can be
invisible to the naked eye.
This gets trapped in the
lower section of your
Always make sure the necessary precautions are in place to protect
your lungs:
1. Assess the risk – linked to the task and materials.
2. Control the risk – look at ways of stopping or reducing the level of
dust created.
3. Review the controls – check the controls are working properly.

Contact us: [email protected] or go to

Share with Pride
COGLOAD - Multiple Lifting Operation (H –

Describe why you did it?

During week 29 at Cogload Junction, there was limited availability with access to K
cranes, as a result this meant going back to the drawing board and coming up with
plan to unload 4x 44m switch rail’s from the scheduled train.

Describe what you did it?

• Surveyed the site layout
• Looked at the plant suitability from our supply chain
• Meticulously planned the operation whilst consulting with both our Plant spec

Pollard & compliance engineer - Nick Powell. A plan to carry out Multiple liftin
• Utilised 3x JCB RailMax (OTP) all with individual lifting beams, supplied by AP W
• Used a 4-way transmission method with Full digital duplex comms , supplied b
• Planned & successfully executed the operation at site

Describe how this made a difference?

Being a first for Colas Rail, the process was…
• Time saving
• Cost effective
• More versatile, being able to use the plant for other single lift activities at site
• Was able to obtain valuable technical load share data

Additional media & videos are available on request – contact: [email protected]

– Switch 44m / 144ft) Bristol S&C (WWW)

h a robust

cialist - Ian Image above: 3x OTP Static Lifting 44m switch rail from salmon wagon
ng was agreed
by High Motive


Image above: 3x OTP lift & carrying 44m switch rail to lay down area at site

October Initiative

Toolbox Talk

Lighting – Lighting on Site

Day length decreases by nearly 2 hours over the course of October and by the 31st, the sun sets as early
as 4:35pm - before the working day ends. Poor visibility due to a lack of sunlight can pose as a credible
hazard with potential to cause a range of accidents if lighting arrangements are not made.

Poor lighting directly causes eyestrain, headaches and migraines as well as contributing to an increased
likelihood of workplace accidents through poor visibility for example, trips, vehicle collisions and accidents
involving plant. Proper lighting is crucial for a safe, productive workplace.

Things to consider:

• Lighting is sufficient for all to be able to distinguish between colours and identify any potential
hazards around site.

• Lamps fixed well away from flammable materials.
• No glare, flicker or stroboscopic effects which could impair vision, cause distraction or trigger an

epileptic seizure.
• Reliable safety lighting, including escape route and fire exit illumination.
• Floodlighting down from height where possible to avoid obstruction of light and make more efficient

use of the appliances.
• Maintain light fittings, inspect wiring regularly and replace any fused bulbs immediately.
• Keep bare light fittings out of natural lines of sight as well as a comfortable distance away from

localised work areas eg desks, workbenches.

Use the lighting inspection checklist to review the lighting provision in the places that you work.

October Initiative

Toolbox Talk

Slips, Trips and Falls – Safe Site

October has an average of 15 days of rainfall each year, presenting an increased risk of slips compared with
summer months. Days also start to become much shorter as winter draws in; decreased visibility on sites
around sunrise/sunset increases the likelihood of trips and falls. Attention to important details such as the
layout of the whole workplace, identifying safe walking routes, the adequacy of storage facilities, and
maintenance is required. Effective housekeeping is an ongoing process throughout the life of the project or
contract (no matter of season); periodic ‘panic’ clean-ups are costly and ineffective at reducing accidents.
Good housekeeping is the responsibility of all involved in the project at all levels. Together we can control
the risk of injury from Slips, Trips or Falls in the Autumn:

Consider any working areas, office spaces, parking facilities and any other areas that people are required to
work or walk on or travel across.

Site Set-Up
• Are walkways sufficiently wide, level and flat and marked for pedestrians?
• If the floor is fitted (such as inside an office), has it been fitted correctly and maintained well?
• Are all stairs suitable, stable and are fixed handrails in good order provided?
• Are ladders the correct piece of equipment for the work? Are they tied at the top?
• Are walkways set away from any unnecessary distractions?
• Are mats being used to stand on when working on rebar?
• Try to remove any potential trip hazards, if this is not possible (for example steps) then they should
be clearly highlighted.

• Are walkways cleared of all debris and obstructions?
• Are spillages or areas that water collects in cleared up quickly?
• Is all wiring fixed down or hung above head height effectively?
• Are plenty of bins/skips and storage space available and accessible?

• Are walkways set-up in areas where water drains away?
• Is there any particular locations where water pools after rainfall?
• If previous point isn’t possible, are wet areas marked clearly?

• Are walkways sufficiently lit throughout the working day?
• Are work areas lit enough to see clearly and allow for jobs to be done safely?
• Are head torches available for those who need them?


To VHRL workers,

New Handbooks along with letter and
Handbook Transmittal Note are being
distributed to VHRL workers.

When you receive the Handbooks please sign
and return the Handbook Transmittal Note
straightaway so that we know you have received

It is a mandatory requirement of Network Rail
standards and Sentinel Scheme Rules that you are in
possession of Handbooks and that VHRL has evidence that
you have received them. This can be done as follows:

 Complete the Handbook Transmittal Note with PRINTED NAME, SIGNATURE and DATE then;
Return the Transmittal Note in the pre-paid envelope provided

 Complete the Handbook Transmittal Note with PRINTED NAME, SIGNATURE and DATE, taking a
LEGIBLE photograph of the Handbook Transmittal Note, then;
Email the photograph to the VHRL office responsible for putting you out to work

The email address for your VHRL office will be printed on the letter.

If you have any queries when you receive your Handbooks, please do not hesitate to contact the VHRL
office responsible for putting you out to work or email [email protected]

PLEASE NOTE: Under the Health and Safety at Work Act you are required to co-operate in all matters of
health and safety. Failure to return the Transmittal Note may result in you being stood-down from work
or de-sponsored.

* Latest Handbook updates with compliance date 7th Dec 2019 - these updates will be emailed to you *

Brief explanation of changes

Handbook 7 General duties of At section 4.2, the term ‘site warden warning’ has been amended to ‘separated’ to describe
the arrangement under which an Individual Working Alone (IWA) could work without a site
Issue 6 COSS warden, or where a COSS works with one other person. The title of section 4.6 has also been
amended to reflect this change.
Handbook 9 IWA or COSS setting
Issue 7 up safe systems of At section 3.5, the term ‘site warden warning’ has been amended to ‘separated’ to describe
work within the arrangement under which an Individual Working Alone (IWA) could work without a site
possessions warden, or where a COSS works with one other person. The section has been amended to
clarify also that an IWA cannot use a site warden as part of this safe system of work.
Handbook 11 Duties of the PICOP
Issue 7 Diagram HB11.2 has been amended to clearly identify which points are referred to.
Additional instructions at clause 6.2 to reproduce the ability in GERT8000-HB12, section 3.4,
Handbook 12 Duties of the ES or to place work-site marker boards at reduced distances. Additional instruction and title
change at clause 8.12 to mirror section 4.5 of GERT8000-T3 and refer to any movement
Issue 7 SWL in a possession made towards detonator protection placed at less than the standard distance from points or

New instruction at clause 3.4 to specify minimum distance between the detonator
protection and the site of work when work-site marker boards are not provided. At section
4.5, the term ‘site warden warning’ has been amended to ‘separated’ to describe the
arrangement under which an Individual Working Alone (IWA) could work without a site
warden, or where a COSS works with one other person. This section has been amended to
clarify also that an IWA cannot use a site warden as part of this safe system of work.

Safety Alert

Ref: WWAL19/001

Lack of Red Bonding

The Greater West Programme has identified a non-compliance with the
identification of Red Bonds in accordance with NR/SP/ELP/21085. Bonds
that can present a dangerous electric shock hazard if they are disconnected,
either intentionally or thorough damage, when the OLE system is not
isolated are identified with Red Marking near the termination point.

Western Route Some bonds on site that should be identified as Red Bonds do not have Red
Capital Delivery Markings and present a dangerous electric shock hazard if removed or
replaced (disconnected or reconnected) without an isolation of the OLE
Issue to: Capital Delivery/Western system. Bonds that are connected and are not disturbed do not present a
Route hazard.

Date: 04/12/19 The unmarked Red Bonds are located at the following distribution sites and
all bonds connected to the Rail or a Spider Plate in the vicinity should be
Location: Western Route treated as Red Bonds until further notice.

Contact: Howard Elliot, Project • Theale ATS
Engineering Manager, The Greater • Midgham ATS
West Programme • Newbury SATS
• Uffington ATS
• Shrivenham ATS
• Royal Wootton Bassett ATFS
• Little Somerford ATS
• Hullavington ATS
• Thingley Junction ATFS

Work on any bonds connected to the Rail or a Spider Plate at these
locations requires an isolation of the OLE system. A further update will be
issued when the bonds are marked in accordance NR/SP/ELP/21085.

DECEMBER 1, 2019 VOL. 30


How to Keep Safe Whilst Driving in This Winter Period

IN THIS ISSUE There are three key points you need to
consider for keeping yourself safe in winter
VEHICLE weather:
Check the forecast
WEATHER Check your vehicle
Plan for hazardous conditions
CONDITIONS Check the weather forecasts for warnings
that may affect you:

This information will allow you to plan
around the severe weather.  The Met Office
( produces alerts for
highsided and vulnerable vehicles.

Planning ahead and knowing your
approximate journey time is essential during
winter. You should plan your route in detail,
identify any potential hazards and
determine where you will stop for rest
breaks if required.

DECEMBER 1, 2019 VOL. 30

Vehicle checks are essential throughout the year but pay particular attention to
the following checks during bad weather:

Tyre tread: Worn tyres reduce starting traction by 30 - 50 per cent. It is good
practice not to allow your tyre treads depth to get below 2mm. The legal limit is
1.6mm for vans/cars/minibuses (vehicles under 3.5 tonne maximum authorised
mass) we recommend you replace your tyres at 2mm

Windows, windscreen wipers and mirrors: Should be cleared of snow and cleaned
to ensure good visibility. Check your windscreen wipers are working correctly to
maximise your visibility in poor weather conditions

Fluid levels: Ensure that the vehicle’s fluids (water, oil, power steering fluid, brake
fluid, anti-freeze fluid, windscreen wiper fluid and AdBlue) are topped up.

Exhaust: Check your exhaust system to make sure it is clear of snow

Vehicle and Trailer Body: Remove as much snow as possible from the vehicle’s
windows, lights, registration plates, roof, bonnet and doors using a long, clean,
non-abrasive snow broom.

DECEMBER 1, 2019 VOL. 30

Driving in hazardous conditions – hints
and tips:

Drive smoothly: Braking, accelerating or
turning harshly can unsettle the vehicle
leading to loss of control.

Bigger Braking Area: In snow and ice,
stopping distances can increase by as
much as 10 times compared to good

Snow and Ice: When making planned
stops and stepping out of your vehicle be
aware that you maybe stepping out onto
a slippery surface, take that extra few
seconds to familiarise yourself with your

If you have passengers ensure they
disembark from the vehicle in a safe
area where possible and make them
aware of the conditions around them.

Slow Down: One of the most important
actions to take when driving in snow or
icy conditions is to reduce speed.

Plan Alternative Routes: Have a back-up
route planned to your destination

Black Ice is invisible to the eye. In
freezing conditions, it can form without

DECEMBER 1, 2019 VOL. 30

Heavy Rain

Visibility: Heavy rain will limit your visibility and double your stopping distance.
Keep well back from the vehicle in front.

Aquaplaning: If the steering becomes unresponsive, it probably means that water
is preventing the tyres from gripping the road. Ease off the accelerator and slow
down gradually.

Use defensive driving techniques: Be prepared for the unexpected. Anticipate
what other drivers might do.
Fog: You MUST use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced. This is
generally when you cannot see for more than 100 metres ahead (328 feet). Using
your front and rear fog lights can help you keep a safe distance from the vehicle
in front and make vehicles aware of your presence. But remember to switch them
off when visibility improves.

When driving in fog you should:

Use your lights.
Be able to pull up well within the distance you can see clearly. This is
particularly important on motorways and dual carriageways as vehicles are
travelling faster.
Use your windscreen wipers and demisters Beware of other drivers not using
Not accelerate to get away from a vehicle which is following too closely.
Check your mirrors before you slow down or apply your brakes.
Stop in the correct position at a junction with limited visibility and listen for
traffic. When you are sure it is safe to emerge, do so confidently and do not
hesitate in a position that puts you directly in the path of approaching

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Windy conditions

High-sided vehicles (including vans) are vulnerable to strong gusts of wind,
which can even overturn them.
Be aware that when driving on bridges or viaducts, the effect of the wind can
be even greater.
If you are driving a vehicle that is high sided be cautious when you are unladen
as the wind will affect you more.

Driving through flooded areas; avoid it if you can

Assess the depth of the water before attempting to drive through any standing
Avoid driving through water more than four inches deep. If you come across an
area of the road that is flooded and the water seems to be moving, do not drive
through it.
If safe to do so, approach the flooded area at 1-2 mile per hour and then build
up to 3-6 mile per hour in order to create a ripple effect displacing some of the
If it is safe, drive through the centre part of the road as this will be slightly
higher than the edges Dry your brakes – once through the flooded area you will
need to dry your brakes. This can be done by gently applying them at low
speed. The friction will create heat and dry them out.

Stay safe in bad weather

Following the hints and tips in this guide will help keep you safe during bad
Remember to do the following to ensure you are prepared for your journey:

Check the weather forecast before setting off on any journey, using the Met
office website
Check your vehicle thoroughly and clear it of snow
Ensure you have all the equipment you need including suitable clothing and



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