Säkerhet vid väg- och spårarbete: en intervjustudie

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Anne Bolling
Lisa Hansson

There are rules and regulations that govern how working environment and safety are considered for road and railway works, but despite this a number of accidents and more or less serious incidents happens every year. To get an idea of how safety and working environment related issues are handled in the procurement, planning and implementation of maintenance activities of roads and railways a limited number of interviews with relevant actors have been performed. Purchasers and project managers at the Swedish Transport Administration (STA), as well as entrepreneurs and a union representative at the union SEKO, were interviewed for both the road and the railway side. For the road side, traffic engineers at STA were also interviewed. Based on the results from the interviews a number of problem areas could be identified, of which some are:

  • Dissemination of information about new regulations to all parties at all levels
  • Unclear procedures for self-monitoring, reporting, action on identified deficiencies, follow up and feedback
  • Inadequate procedures for reporting of accidents and incidents as well as for actions taken, follow up and feedback of these
  • The STA nowadays sets skill requirements instead of requirements on specific education/courses, making it more complicated to ensure that the requirements are met
  • It can be difficult to ensure the competence of temporary staff, mainly at work peaks.

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