RVR Scoops Inaugural IOSH Railway Safety Award

Rift Valley Railways Ltd (RVR) has received the first IOSH Railway Group International Award at the Rail Industry Conference held at the Congress Centre in London.

The award was launched to honor projects outside the UK that have brought about safety and health improvements in the rail sector for employees or the public.

Paul Kabaale, unhealthy find General Manager for SHREQ at RVR, said, “Being the inaugural winner is very exciting for us. We are aspiring to be the best logistics and transport company in Africa by 2020. We had to evolve our safety management systems and shift away from the traditional and historically accepted norms and practices.”

RVR, also Qalaa Holdings’ primary investment in East Africa has progressively and successfully introduced modern change management techniques to drastically reduce the number of injuries suffered by employees in its workshops across Kenya.

The success came as a result of the  implementation of a two-year change management programme which aimed to change workers’ attitudes towards their working practices after it was discovered a very high number of injuries occurred as a result of slips, trips and falling objects caused by poor housekeeping methods

Management also trained 29 workshop staff as workplace safety representatives to act as a go-between for workers to raise health and safety issues with the various teams.

Keith Morey, the Chair of the IOSH Railway Group, said it is important that the rail safety and health message comes from within the industry.

“What we do as investigators is to look for the gaps in control systems. Promoting best practice is what we should all do, and be working towards.” He told delegates of the need to continue to focus on safety and health issues arising around platform train interface, track worker safety and track quality.

The award was received by Paul Kabaale, and Tom Nyaga, Occupational Safety & Health Administration Manager.

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