How to work safely on the railway?

Health and Safety regulations have improved significantly over recent years, and during this period, death rates have reduced slightly. The main reason why Health and Safety standards have been developed is to prevent the number of injuries and deaths that occur in the workplace, year on year.

Here at Real Skills Training, we provide training courses that are guaranteed to educate and inform candidates of how they are expected to work on the railways and what they need to do in order to work safely.

Working on the Railways.

If you’re looking to pursue a career in the railway industry, are you prepared to work in one of the most dangerous environments?

Despite Health and Safety standards improving, there is still a need to prevent tragic incidents from occurring on the railway line.

Two of the biggest causes of deaths within the railway industry is workers being struck by trains/ maintenance vehicles or electrocution. The training that we provide at Real Skills Training is designed to prevent such consequences, ensuring that you know how to work efficiently without compromising your safety or the safety of others.

Dangers on the Railway Track.

Within the railway industry, there are certain “Red Zones”. These zones are often operational areas that are considerably more dangerous than working on the platform or inside the train station.

Generally electricians and welders who have a specific job to do work in these potentially hazardous environments and therefore they need to be made aware of the importance of being visible. Any individuals who are working in these danger zones also need to be mindful of what’s going on around them (especially if they are using noisy equipment).

Personal Track Safety in the UK.

Personal Track Safety is a requirement of anyone who is looking to start a career in the railway industry. We provide PTS Training at Real Skills to provide candidates with a clear insight into what is to be expected from working in such a quick-paced environment.

To be offered a place on the PTS training course, individuals need to have an up to date medical check, as well as a drug and alcohol test. There are several pre-requisites for PTS Training and one of these is for candidates to be medically a fit to work, especially when the working conditions are so challenging!

When working in dangerous environments, candidates cannot be under the influence of drugs or alcohol because this could have potentially life-threatening consequences! Before we can offer you a place on the PTS course, we will need to check your hearing and eyesight, as well as your blood pressure and various other general health assessments to make sure that you are fit to work.

Personal Track Safety Training Course.

Our PTS Training is delivered by our in-house trainers using relevant training materials and resources. The purpose of the PTS Training is to teach candidates about the hazards associated with working on the railway line and hopefully provide them with job opportunities.

If it’s more convenient for you, we can bring the PTS Training to your premises. We recommend onsite training for employers who are keen to educate more than one candidate at once as it will ensure that your workforce is clued up about the potential dangers that can occur on the railway and will provide them with a wealth of knowledge, allowing them to respond effectively to hazards.

Personal Track Safety Card.

The PTS card is a requirement of anyone who works on the railway track and is issued to candidates who have undergone PTS Training. Upon completion of the Personal Track Safety course, the certification will be added to the PTS Card within a matter of days.

Candidates who have recently qualified to work on the railway will notice that their PTS card has a green square printed on it. This square simply indicates to employers and controllers that the individual is newly qualified and will require supervision until they are confident that they can work independently.

PTS Training is compulsory for anyone who is looking to work safely on the railway line. The improved Health and Safety laws emphasise the need for candidates to complete the PTS training in order to understand how the industry works and to prevent the risk of serious injury.

If you’re wondering how you can work safely on the railway, don’t hesitate to find out more about what the PTS course consists of by calling us on 0151 257 6969!

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