Investigating Railway Accidents

The Rail Accidents Investigation Branch (RAIB), an independent section of the UK Department of Transport, has been in existence for two years. This article describes the origins, structure, duties and powers of the RAIB. RAIB's sole purpose is to improve the safety of railways without apportioning blame or liability. RAIB covers all main line passenger and freight operations as well as Metro operations. The duties of RAIB are to investigate and report on accidents with recommendations. RAIB is the lead party in accident investigations where there is no evidence of criminal action. A total of 106 accident investigations have been conducted to date. Of the 439 recommendations made by RAIB as a result of these accident investigations, 78% have been accepted by the railroad industry while 5% have been rejected and 17% are still pending a response.

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  • Accession Number: 01104475
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 5 2008 5:00PM