Wednesday 11 October 2023

Save the date: Safety webinar “Objects left on the Line” to be held online on 8 November 2023 from 1:00 to 4:30 CET

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To keep railways in their safest state, regular maintenance and renewing of the infrastructure is essential. Maintenance work often involves large, mechanised machinery and equipment, which must be separated (by either different time intervals or geographic space) from operational passenger and freight trains.

When work is complete, it is vital that any machinery and equipment that could damage or even derail a train is removed. Recent high-profile accidents have highlighted how procedures to keep maintenance machinery separate from trains and clear the line afterwards can fail, especially when this is subject to human fallibility. This “Objects left on the line” webinar will share knowledge about the risks involved and how to mitigate these effectively (including the use of technology).


  • Welcome speech
    Speakers: Ali Chegini (RSSB) & Frédéric Hénon (UIC)

1st session: Risk assessment (13:05-13:55)

  • What is the significance surrounding the risk of objects on the line?
    Speaker: Frédéric Hénon (UIC)
  • Are railways aware of the scale of this risk, and have they identified their priorities? How does this risk differ among UIC members? How is this risk prioritised?
    Speaker: Philippa Murphy (RSSB)
    Speaker: tbc

2nd session: Maintenance activities (13:55-14:40)

  • Introductory session
    Speakers: Ali Chegini (RSSB) & Frédéric Hénon (UIC)
  • What processes and arrangements are in place to ensure that a line is free of objects?
    Speaker: Damien Pallant (SNCF Réseau)
  • How can we minimise incursions from and collisions with large animals?
    Speaker: Malgorzata Kopcynska (PKP)

3rd session: Lessons learned (14:40-15:25)

  • Introductory session
    Speaker: Ali Chegini (RSSB)
  • Two trains crash into a construction crane in Voorschoten (April 2023)
    Speaker: Bart Hoogcarspel (Prorail)

4th session: Innovative solutions (15:25- 6:10)

  • Introductory session
    Speakers: Ali Chegini (RSSB) & Frédéric Hénon (UIC)
  • What cutting edge, technological solutions are available to manage these railways? What has the international experience with Geofencing/train-borne systems been?
    Speaker: Darryl Hopper (RSSB)
  • How can we use AI to develop better insights into risk and help improve safety on lines? AI use cases in railway maintenance.
    Speaker: Ignacio Jardi (Ferrovial)

Questions & answers (16:10-16:25)

Closing remarks

Register now here!

For further information please contact Virginie Papillault, UIC Manager - Human & Organisational Factors and Safety Culture, at

or Francisco Cabrera, Deputy - Head of Operations and Safety, at

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