Cloud software aids GBRf safety management

GB Railfreight (GBRf) is to implement Ideagen’s Coruson as its cloud-based, safety and compliance management system throughout its operations. It also directly links to a safety management intelligence system (SMIS) database – a new nationwide safety reporting system rolled out by the Rail Safety Standards Board (RSSB), the UK rail safety standards board.

Coruson will enable GBRf to improve levels of safety, reporting and risk management, including the ability to make risk-based decisions using the most up-to-date and accurate performance data. It will also help them comply with RSSB’s own rules and regulations, as well as the Railways and Other Guided Transport Systems (Safety) Regulations (ROGs) and the International Railway Industry Standards (IRIS).

Modern system

Stuart Anderson, Safety Environment and Quality Manager at GB Railfreight, said: “Ideagen Coruson will take our safety and compliance efforts not only to the next level but also provide us with a central and modern system for our entire business management.

“We are a company that wants to lead from the front and seeing what Coruson was going to able to offer us meant that choosing the software and working with Ideagen did not require too much thought. The software will provide endless amounts of capability that will aid our overall safety performance and feed our risk based thinking.”

Safety reporting

One of those key areas of functionality will be the ability to link directly with RSSB’s new SMIS reporting system and make it easier when reporting Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) incidents. Ideagen Coruson is the backbone to the new SMIS project, which was launched in a joint effort between RSSB and Ideagen to increase risk and safety reporting levels and improve overall safety on the UK’s rail network.

“Coruson will allow us to improve and modernise the management of business information, safety reporting and compliance – removing duplication of effort, human error and also increasing the speed at which we can get information,” added Anderson.

Risk-based decisions

Rob Clinton, Ideagen’s Vice President for Rail, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with GB Railfreight, the latest organisation in the rail industry to implement our leading Coruson software for safety, reporting and compliance management.

“This partnership is going to help streamline GB Railfreight’s entire safety management, compliance reporting and business information management processes for over 680 staff members up and down the UK – allowing them to make the correct, risk-based decisions based on the most up-to-date and accurate data available.

“As a business, and in partnership with world leading organisations such as RSSB, Ideagen is committed to helping ensure Britain’s rail networks remain the safest in the Europe and this project clearly demonstrates that GB Railfreight share this vision.”

Author: Simon Weedy

Simon is a journalist for - a dedicated online platform for all the news about the rail freight sector

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