Ballast Work Survey - January 2014

As a result of concerns raised at the 2012 Annual General Meeting the RMT General Grades Committee resolved to gather information from RMT members who work on a day to day basis on the railway infrastructure.

No personal information is requested in the survey unless you choose to respond to the request for further information. If such information is provided by you it will be handled in a sensitive manner and will not be disclosed to third parties without your consent. The results of the survey may be shared with other parties in the railway industry such as the ORR or RSSB.

The risks of standing as an occupational hazard are fairly well understood, in this survey we are seeking more detailed information on the possible health hazards to working and walking on uneven surfaces like ballast. An internal Network Rail report estimated that between 20% and 40% of Network Rail track maintenance staff were suffering with some form of chronic injury associated with working and walking on ballast. Please answer as many questions as are relevant to you.

All fields are required unless otherwise stated.

Demographic Questions

Optional. What is your current age?

Optional. How many years have you been employed in the railway industry?

Optional. What is the name of your employer?

Optional. Is your work permanent, temporary or occasional?

Optional. How many hours per week do you work?

Optional. Approximately how far do you have to walk to get to work?

Optional. Approximately how many miles do you walk during your shift?

Workplace Questions
Have you ever had an accident at work as a result of a slip?

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Have you ever had an accident at work as a result of a trip?

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Did this result in a physical injury?

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Please indicate the nature of the injury

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Did you complete the accident book?

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Did the injury require first aid?

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Was there a qualified first aider in your work group?

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Did you attend hospital or your GP as a result of your accident?

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Did you take time off as a result of your accident?

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How long?

Optional. How long where you absent for work for as a result of your accident?

Have you fully recovered from your injury?

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Have you ever had an injury arising out of your work or walking on ballast, but not as a result of an accident?

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Have you reported any long term effects: Chronic knee joint pain, hip, back?

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Did you make a claim via the union for your accident/injury?

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was this claim successful?

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Do you have an existing condition that is made worse by your work?

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Have you ever been referred to your Occupational Health Provider?

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Have you ever been placed on light duties owing to a workplace injury/accident?

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Do you wear PPE (safety boots) when walking on ballast?

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Do they fit correctly?

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Were you offered a selection of safety boots to choose from to ensure the best fit?

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Was your rep involved in the selection/provision of PPE at your workplace?

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Was the PPE/Safety boots trialled?

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Verification

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