Rail contractor safety duties
Rail contractors must comply with the safety duties imposed under the Rail Safety (Local Operations) Act 2006
Definition of a rail contractor
A rail contractor is a person who:
- Designs, commissions, manufactures, supplies, installs, erects, maintains, repairs, modifies or decommissions anything that may be used as rail infrastructure or rolling stock
- Is engaged directly or indirectly by a rail transport operator to supply rail infrastructure operations or rolling stock operations to that rail transport operator and includes a sub-contractor.
Safety duties of a rail contractor
The specific duties of a rail contractor are to:
- Ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that
- anything a rail contractor designs, commission, constructs, manufactures, supplies, installs, erects, maintains, repairs, or modifies is safe to use
- the thing is decommissioned safely.
- Carry out or arrange any necessary testing and examination.
- Provide adequate information on:
- the use of the thing
- the results of any testing or examination undertaken
- any conditions necessary to keep the thing safe.
- Supply, so far as is reasonably practicable, safe railway operations to a rail transport operator
- Provide or maintain safe systems of work, so far as is reasonably practicable
- Supply railway operations in accordance with the safety management system
- Provide, so far as is reasonably practicable, information, instruction, training or supervision to rail safety workers to perform their rail safety work in a way that is safe
- Provide, so far as is reasonably practicable, information, instruction, training or supervision to other persons necessary to ensure their safety.