Rail Industry Hazards and Risks


The course provides an overview of the typical hazards associated with railway infrastructure, rolling stock, operations and maintenance.  It also provides an introduction to the concepts of risk management and an understanding of the role of risk management through the rail project lifecycle.  This involves studying the different sources of risk in the rail industry, the regulatory regimes of the industry, the typical phases of a project and opportunities for risk reduction within each of the phases and the final acceptance into service.


At the end of the course you will be able to

  1. Deconstruct the risk management process into its constituent components and contrast key risk management terms such as “hazard”, “consequence” and “risk”.
  2. Evaluate the various drivers which cause railway organisations to manage risk.
  3. Understand the principle sources of hazards and evaluate the risks which typically arise during rail industry projects.
  4. Apply knowledge of these hazards and the available mitigations to the management of risk within rail projects.


Outline content

Risk Management introduction/refresher

Rail industry sources of risk

Collisions between trains
  • Collisions of trains with objects
  • Derailment
  • Collison of trains with road vehicles
  • Persons hit by train
  • Slips, trips, falls
  • Entrapment
  • Fire/explosion
  • Flood
  • Electricity
  • Structural failures
  • Construction and maintenance
  • Human Factors
Standard mitigations

Regulatory regimes/requirements

Overview of risk assessment tools and techniques used in the industry


Study options

Distance learning

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