EU Agency for Railways: Sharing good practice and benefits of independent safety investigations

21-04-2022
Sharing good practice and benefits of independent safety investigations
Sharing good practice and benefits of independent safety investigations
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The EU Agency for Railways organised an online training seminar from 19th to 21st April on accident and incident investigation in the scope of its EUMedRail project.

The event gathered inspectors, investigators among other safety experts from national authorities, rail operators and companies of Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia.

The purpose of the event was to explain the EU legal framework applicable to railway accident and incident investigations carried out by national investigation bodies, provide guidance on the main steps of an investigation, and discuss efficient methods, tools and trainings supporting a better understanding of factors leading to casualties, injuries and other damages in rail transport. 

Participants had the opportunity to exchange views and experiences with the Belgian national investigation body on how to develop a competence management system for investigators, which decision criteria to use when opening an investigation, which elements to consider when assessing damages at level crossings, how to collect evidence, how to monitor progress in completing an investigation, how to facilitate interviews and report testimonies, how to integrate human and organisational factors in accident analysis, how to draft safety recommendations, how to ensure adequate follow-up and good communication with key interested parties.

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