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Rail Safety

Volume 407: debated on Tuesday 24 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on major improvements to the incidence of slips and trips on the national rail network since 2001. [121244]

[holding answer 23 June 2003]: The Health and Safety Executive (HSE's) Railway Inspectorate (HMRI) works with the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) the rail industry's own safety body, on a number of initiatives to reduce the risk of 'slip and trip' incidents.The HSE advises that provisional figures for 2002–03 show that compared with 2001–02 there has been an overall reduction of 4 per cent. in the number of 'slip and trip' injuries reported to the HSE on Britain's rail network.