Emma Gilchrist, Managing Director of Motion Rail, has recognised the need to use emerging technology to educate rail workers and children around Rail Safety.
In 2016/17 there were 39 fatalities, excluding suicides, on railways. 6 of these were workforce and 33 were public fatalities, mainly from trespassers and level crossings. There were 164 major and 5,676 minor injuries to the workforce in 2016/17 with 873 members of the workforce experiencing shock / trauma. In 2015/16 38 members of the public experienced major injuries, 219 minor injuries and 7 experienced shock / trauma because of an incident on Britain’ railways. (statistics)
Emma approached CEMET with and idea to utilise Virtual Reality (VR) to enhance their workforce training programme and to educate children about the dangers of playing on railway tracks. There are two sections to this programme. One assists in the training of on-site rail workers, who are responsible for correctly placing lookouts when carrying out track repairs. The second educates Primary School children how to safely negotiate both a level and foot crossing.
The aim of this project is to increase awareness and reduce incidents by making the workforce aware of the appropriate amount of time needed to move out of the way when a train is approaching, giving them a real time scenario in a safe environment. This ensures compliance and saves lives. Additionally, the project educates children and the next generation of railway users, and potential trespassers, about the danger of the railway and the appropriate way of negotiating level and foot crossings.