DB staff encouraged to challenge activities considered unsafe

Stop and challenge: That’s the explicit empowerment DB Cargo UK is giving to all its 2,200 staff, to intervene and stop any activity that they see - or even just feel - may be unsafe. 

And it comes directly from the top. Each employee has been issued with a safety intervention card which gives them the authority, backed by the UK Management Board, to step in and challenge any activity or instruction they believe is unsafe - whether by a colleague, a customer, or contractor.

They are then encouraged to follow a simple, non-bureaucratic process known as ‘Stop. Discuss. Resolve. Review.’ This process is used effectively in many other industries to improve safety. 

The UK’s largest rail freight operator’s major new campaign - called ‘Together. We’re Safer. Together. We’re DB’ - is supported by behavioural safety training that will be rolled out to all groundstaff, engineers, drivers and asset owners in the coming weeks

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  • Güntürk Üstün - 03/06/2022 12:45

    DB Cargo UK’s new safety campaign has already received a very positive response from colleagues working in all areas of the business. Developed in conjunction with the Lancashire-based design agency Studio Up North (SUN), which took the findings from last year’s research, visited DB Cargo UK’s sites and spoke at length with the rail freight & logistics giant's colleagues to really gets to the heart of the matter. DB Cargo UK (formerly DB Schenker Rail UK and English, Welsh & Scottish Railway (EWS)), is a British rail freight company headquartered in Doncaster-England. Alongside DB Cargo's regular operations, a number of steam charters are operated in the UK by steam locomotives on DB Cargo's operating licence. Dr. Güntürk Üstün

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