Freight operator DB Cargo UK has been awarded ISO 45001 standard accreditation for the management of health and safety at its maintenance depots at Crewe, Stoke and Toton.
DB Cargo, part of German national operator Deutsche Bahn, offers maintenance solutions to rail freight and train operators across the UK and Europe. Collectively, its team of engineers has over 10,000 years’ experience in traction and rolling stock maintenance.
During the current pandemic, and despite the restrictions that it has caused, teams at the three UK depots took the opportunity to improve the understanding, management and mitigation of risks across the three sites.
National maintenance manager Raj Basi commented: “Considering the restrictions that have been in place over the past 12 months, this is a fantastic achievement and will give our customers the assurance they need that the maintenance activities we carry out on their behalf are being done safely and in line with all our legal requirements.
“The ISO 45001 standard means that, going forward, maintenance colleagues at all levels in the business will have a much greater involvement in the identification and management of health and safety risks through greater consultation and participation.
“Strong leadership and giving colleagues a greater voice will ensure we continue to develop a safety culture rooted in local, grassroots experience as well as industry best practice.”
DB Cargo UK offers a range of maintenance services from its three depots – Crewe IEMD (International Electric Maintenance Depot), Stoke WMD (Wagon Maintenance Depot) and Toton TMD (Traction Maintenance Depot). Services include traction and rolling stock inspections, routine maintenance, general and heavy overhauls, modifications, load bank testing, wheel-set overhauls, paintshop services, pantograph overhauls and wagon repurposing.
In addition, DB Cargo UK’s breakdown and recovery team provides a national re-railing service – a rapid and effective recovery service for derailed vehicles that keeps the UK’s rail network moving.