Our Lifesaving Rules

We are proud of our safety record and all our projects always adhere the Network Rail’s Lifesaving Rules.

Safe behaviour is a requirement of working for Network Rail.
These Rules are in place to keep us safe and must never be broken.
We will all personally intervene if we feel a situation or behaviour might be unsafe.

Working responsibly

Always be sure the required plans and permits are in place, before you start a job or go on or near the line.

Always use equipment that is fit for its intended purpose.

s3Never undertake any job unless you have been trained and assessed as competent.

Never work or drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.


Never use a hand-held or handsfree phone, or programme any other mobile device, while driving.

Always obey the speed limit and wear a seat belt.

Working with electricity

Always test before applying earths or straps.

s8Never assume equipment is isolated – always test before touch.

Working at height

Always use a safety harness when working at height, unless other protection is in place.

Working with moving equipment

s10Never enter the agreed exclusion zone, unless directed to by the person in charge.