Rail Accident Investigation Branch


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Rail Accident Investigation Branch

a branch of the Department of Transport by the Secretary of State, comprising the inspectors appointed to the task. It is charged with improving the safety of railways and preventing railway accidents and railway incidents. It has a Chief Inspector. It must investigate serious accidents and may investigate other accidents.
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British Transport Police and West Midlands Fire Service attended the scene, and were joined by investigators from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch, who have been gathering evidence.
A Network Rail spokesperson said: "Safety is our top priority and we take incidents such as the one at Egmanton extremely seriously and we have worked closely with the Rail Accident Investigation Branch on this report.
The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) said the incident "came so close to being a major tragedy" because the worker in charge of the gang had skimped on safety to get the job done more quickly.
A Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) report concluded that the cable, which provided the signal box at Abergavenny with its 240v electrical power supply, had become detached from the cable tray running over the footbridge.
The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) believe it is "probable" he "temporarily lost awareness" on a straight section of track and may have fallen into a microsleep for up to 49 seconds.
These covers services to DfTs headquarters building in London, Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA), British Transport Police (BTP), Highways England (HE), Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB), HS2 Ltd, Government Car Service (GCS), Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB), and the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) plus the Environment Agency (EA).
The report by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch warned the rest area where they were supposed to be able to nap mid-shift was "unfit for purpose".
The force spokesman said: "An investigation into the incident is underway and the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has also been informed."
The 11 jurors at the inquest at the county offices in Kendal, Cumbria had heard how a subsequent Rail Accident Investigation Branch inquiry ruled the "immediate cause" of the crash was that the train had gone over a "degraded and unsafe" set of points.
Last night, officials from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch said an inquiry was being launched.
A section of track was damaged and engineers are working at the site where SVR and the independent Rail Accident Investigation Branch are investigating.
Investigators for the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) concluded poor communication and non-compliance with rules caused the accident.