RFG welcomes rail safety training designed for the construction industry

A new training course offering rail safety awareness training to the construction materials industry has been welcomed by Rail Freight Group.
“With increasing volumes of aggregates and other building materials being delivered to construction sites by rail, this is an excellent time to launch a training course on rail safety for those working in the construction industry,” says Maggie Simpson, RFG executive director.
“We are delighted that the initiative, which came from RFG’s construction working group and is supported by the Mineral Products Association (MPA), has been taken up by some of our members and developed into an on-going series of training courses.”
The programme, which includes both interactive theory and practical elements of loading and unloading rail wagons and working in sidings, has been designed by rail freight operations specialists Victa Railfreight and courses are offered nationwide by Mentor Training Solutions.
Safety has been a high priority in the rail and construction industries for many years but specialist training can be difficult for individual companies, spread over many sites, to organise themselves, so this provides an ideal opportunity, says Ms Simpson.
More than 40% of the construction materials used in London is delivered by rail, with more than 20m tonnes transported annually throughout the UK.
For more details on training courses, contact: www.mentortrainingsolutions.co.uk