This article first appeared in the Railway-News magazine, Issue 2 2023.
Almost a quarter of rail-related workforce fatalities have occurred in depots in the last five years, according to the Rail Safety and Standards Board.
Its latest Annual Health and Safety Report concluded there is no clear picture of risk in depots and more needs to be done to provide safe working conditions.
Whilst there remains an absence of industrywide directives, the onus falls on the operators of maintenance facilities to mitigate the unavoidable risks depot workers face, from high-speed vehicles, highvoltage electricity and powerful machinery that are part of their working environment.
The UK’s largest rail franchise, Govia Thameslink Rail (GTR), has recognised the need to review and update the safety provisions at its depots and has been undertaking a programme of improvements, with the help of leading industry expert, Zonegreen.
GTR contracted the Sheffield-based rail safety specialist to replace obsolete protection systems at a trio of facilities – Stewarts Lane in Battersea, Selhurst Inspection Shed and Brighton’s Lovers Walk depot.
Zonegreen has installed the latest version of its acclaimed Depot Personnel Protection System (DPPS) at all three GTR facilities. It is the most advanced, thoroughly tested and proven technology on the market – a product of more than 20 years’ research and experience.
DPPS protects staff by controlling vehicle movements within rail depots, creating safe zones for workers through the installation of powered derailers, operated 20 by RFID-controlled road end panels. Christian Fletcher, Zonegreen’s Head of Engineering, is responsible for the conception and development of DPPS.
Uniquely, DPPS remains the only depot protection system that has been independently tested and verified to be EMC-compliant (electromagnetic compatibility). The RFID panel has been assessed by Eurofins to meet European radio emissions and railway standards, ensuring its radio frequency range will not interfere with telecommunication or electrical devices.
Railway-News magazine Issue 3, September 2022: Zonegreen - Spearheading Improvements in Depot Safety.
Zonegreen’s Depot Personnel Protection System (DPPS™) has been assessed to meet the hardware and software requirements of SIL 2.
According to a study carried out by the RSSB shunter safety still remains a serious concern across the board in the UK rail industrv.
Over the past two decades, rail depot infrastructure has undergone changes which have clearly madea positive impact on safety.
Railway-News magazine Issue 1, March 2022: Zonegreen - SPAD Risk in Maintenance Depots.
Railway-News magazine Issue 3, August 2021, Railtex/Infrarail: Zonegreen - Reducing the Risks in Rail Depots and Protecting Our Depot Workers.
Rail safety specialists Zonegreen, will be highlighting the dangers facing staff in maintenance depots at this year’s Railtex exhibition.
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Zonegreen has installed its flagship Depot Personnel Protection System at Govia Thameslink Railway’s (GTR) Selhurst facility in London.
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Rail safety specialist Zonegreen has undertaken a complete overhaul of its Points Converter system at Bournemouth depot.
Zonegreen will be demonstrating how its technology can reduce the risks faced by depot staff at this year’s InnoTrans exhibition in Germany.
Zonegreen is enhancing the protection offered to maintenance workers across Ireland, as part of an extensive programme of depot upgrades.
Zonegreen have installed the latest version of their flagship depot protection system at one of the first facilities to ever invest in the technology.
Sheffield-based rail safety specialist, Zonegreen, will be sharing its knowledge and experience with the sector at this year’s Railtex exhibition.
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Rail safety specialist, Zonegreen, has completed the first in a series of planned depot enhancements for Scottish railway operator, ScotRail.
Rail safety specialists, Zonegreen, will be exhibiting their market leading depot protection system at Railtex/Infrarail next month.
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Zonegreen is expanding the services it offers to Nottingham’s Eastcroft depot, following the installation of its Points Converter technology.
When we consider that the real harm numbers for depots are likely to be much higher than recorded, it is clear that changes need to be made.
Rail safety specialists, Zonegreen, have launched an innovative solar powered derailer, to bring clients environmental and economic benefits.
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Zonegreen have installed their Depot Personnel Protection System at a new learning centre for employees entering Tyne and Wear Metro depots.
Zonegreen has reached a major milestone in its 12-year history: the 2,000th order of its depot safety equipment.
A Sydney rail depot has become the third across Australia to call on safety specialists, Zonegreen, to improve working conditions for staff.
Zonegreen is adding its New Generation Depot Personnel Protection System (DPPS) to a £20 million extension at Newton Heath, Manchester.
Zonegreen is using its latest technology to protect depot staff on the Isle of Wight from the risks associated with manual hand points.
Zonegreen is installing its Depot Personnel Protection System (DPPS) onto a new four road stabling facility being built at Ardwick depot.
Zonegreen is expanding its rail safety presence in the Republic of Ireland, after installing a new warning system at Dublin’s Fairview Depot.
Sheffield rail safety specialist, Zonegreen, is equipping Norwich’s Crown Point depot with its latest personnel protection technology.
Zonegreen has upgraded its DPPS technology at a second Siemens UK depot, as part of a major midlife overhaul programme for the operator.
The rail safety specialist, Zonegreen, installed it's DPPS technology at a second train maintenance facility in Australia.
Since 2016, safe working procedure rule breaches in Australia’s rail industry have increased by 47% making depot safety a national priority.
Zonegreen, is to supply its DPPS technology to Metro operator, Nexus’, £8.4 million training facility, being constructed in South Shields.
Sheffield-based Zonegreen is celebrating the achievements of its technical director, Christian Fletcher, expert in depot personnel protection
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