December 1, 2008 | Mark Paradies

13 Seconds from Death

When I posted the link to the Didcot signal passed at danger report from the UK RAIB, I didn’t understand the gravity of the incident.

When I read the IOSH newsletter article about the incident, the seriousness came across loud and clear.

The article stated that:

Two trains with up to 300 people on board were within 13 seconds of crashing into each other last year, a report has revealed.

Now that gets your attention. And should get the attention of First Great Western (the train operator).

A spokesperson for First Great Western said:

FGW has carried out an extensive review of its signals passed at danger performance, which has resulted in a detailed action plan.

Let’s hope it’s a good plan!

(Wonder if they used advanced root cause analysis?)

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