Fatigue as an Issue in Rail Industry

Fatigue can be defined fairly simply as extreme tiredness which affects one’s ability to concentrate and work effectively.

Why Fatigue is under-reported in the Rail Industry?

There is no doubt that fatigue is grossly under-reported through conventional reporting channels. Train drivers are less likely to report fatigue through company channels, because there is often a fear that if they have a safety incident, it may indicate personal lifestyle habits are to blame. The contribution of fatigue to signals passed at danger (SPADs) in investigations tends to be understated for the same reason – admitting fatigue immediately implies culpability.

Some of the rules in rail industry state that an operative should not be able to work 14 consecutive days or are only allowed to work certain maximum hours per week. Measuring an operative’s working hours is difficult and rarely one can find a system which can provide unadulterated and accurate details.

To help to address this, the HSE now provides a tool that can be used on site to deliver a fatigue and risk rating based on attendance, shift times and the complexity of a task.


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Mosaic’s Fatigue Management Module:

Mosaic has integrated the HSE tool into a Fatigue Management module and when used in conjunction with an access control system can provide truly accurate fatigue data.

Using the available data, Mosaic system will instantly alert the management team by identifying any employees who are at risk of fatigue or have already breached certain controls, such as double shifting.

Fatigue factor can be tricky as employees or contractors can sometimes overwork in order to achieve their targets, however, they might also risk inefficiency or accidents in work due to tiredness. Keeping an account of hours of work of mission critical employees is vital in order to make sure they are not doing work over their contractual hours. Mosaic is a proven solution to managing fatigue and to making sure operatives are working at optimum efficiently.

To register your interest or know more about how Mosaic can transform your operational processes, please call us on 01509 269669 or visit: mosaicmanagementsystems.co.uk.

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Mosaic to exhibit at Southern Water annual Health & Safety Conference

Mosaic Management Systems has been invited to exhibit at the launch of Health, Safety and Wellbeing strategy for AMP 6 and Beyond Conference. The conference is being held at American Express Community Stadium in Brighton on the 8th and 9th June 2015.


The theme of this year’s Conference is ‘Succeeding Together’ which is one of the key principles of AMP 6 and Beyond Project. Partnership is essential for the project to deliver the service to customers which has been integrated in the business plan for the next 5 years.


The conference this year will focus on how Southern Water and its partners can work together to continue to improve health, safety and wellbeing across the partnership in AMP6.


Mosaic is proud to be exhibiting at the conference for the first time. Mosaic will be sharing some examples of innovation in Health & Safety competency management systems and best practice in both internal and external display areas during the two day event.

Costain & Carillion strengthen ties with Mosaic Management Systems

Costain Group and Carillion Plc have strengthened their ongoing business relation with Mosaic Management Systems by adopting their modules for the joint venture A5-M1 link road Dunstable Northern Bypass.

Costain-Carillion is building a 2.8 mile dual carriageway so that traffic moving between the A5 and the M1 can avoid driving through Dunstable. The cost of the project is estimated at £161.2m. Last year the Highways Agency said that a neighbouring developer was contributing £50m to project costs; that figure is now £45m.

Over 100 Costain-Carillion labourers and 200 subcontractors will be using the Mosaic smart card system while working on the project.  The Project Managers on the site will be using Mosaic Management Systems for managing training records for their own employees and to capture the training records of sub-contractors. The system will allow sub-contractors to book themselves onto inductions before work commences and upload qualifications and certificates saving the inductor’s time.


The Smart Card also allows recording of daily briefings, toolbox talks etc. using the laptops, smart phones and PDAs. Mosaic helps to check competencies of staff using the Smart Cards during the duration of the project.


The scheme also includes an over bridge on Sundon Road, B579 Luton Road and the construction of four bridges passing over the A5-M1 Link.

The first phase of work will include the construction of the new B579 Luton Road East and West, temporary link roads and Sundon Road Bridge.

SEESA selects Mosaic to power on-site competence management

SEESA selects Mosaic to power on-site competence management

South East Electricity Substation Alliance (SEESA) has chosen Mosaic software to monitor competence of site staff.  SEESA is one of a number of delivery organisations National Grid is using to upgrade the electricity transmission grid and facilitate new connections to the network.  It’s delivered through an alliance of three companies: Alstom Grid, Mott MacDonald and Skanska. SEESA is currently running ten concurrent sites with work valued at over £100m per year and is part of National Grid’s multi billion pound investment to further improve the UK’s electricity network.

Kate Morris, Business Services Manager at SEESA was involved with a senior National Grid Health and Safety Manager in identifying a system that could help achieve these objectives.  She says: “We looked at a few systems but only Mosaic Management Systems was used significantly in construction and was site-based rather than being driven by the information requirements of head office.”

Find out more about how SEESA uses Mosaic’s system here 

Costain/Skanska chooses competency management system from Mosaic

Costain/Skanska chooses competency management system from Mosaic

Costain/Skanska have installed a competence management system from Mosaic that has been integrated with an access control system from HRS at all sites across the London Power Tunnels project for National Grid.  London Power Tunnels is an eight year project to replace 32km of tunnels housing 400,000V transmission line cables across London that is being delivered through a Costain/Skanska Joint Venture with Halcrow leading on design, Arup and Mott Macdonald on planning and Joseph Gallager appointed as the secondary contractor.  The aim is to enhance the power supply and replace cables, some of which have been operational for over 40 years.

With up to 200 workers on the project’s 7 to 13 sites at any one time, it is vital that there is an accurate picture of who is working where and what they are competent to do, not only to reduce safety risks but also to maximise efficiency, which is why the Mosaic system has been chosen.

Countryside Properties breaks new ground with smart site working

Countryside Properties breaks new ground with smart site working

Countryside Properties, one of the UK’s foremost housebuilders with a £5.1 billion development programme of new homes, communities and regeneration, is using software from Mosaic Management Systems to pioneer the way in which developers record and manage inductions, site access and worker competence.

Following a successful trial at its site in Harold Wood, Essex, Countryside Properties will be rolling out Mosaic across its key sites.  At Kings Park in Harold Wood, Countryside Properties is building an exclusive collection of luxury family homes and contemporary apartments, has around 220 workers on site monthly, the majority of whom are employed by the developer’s sub-contractors.  Using Mosaic’s software and CSCS Smartcards, the company has a totally accurate picture of who is on site at any point of the day, how long they are on site, what inductions they have received and what training, qualifications or accreditations they hold.When the site manager reads workers’ CSCS cardsusing a PDA, the Mosaic system instantly tells them whether, using job specific criteria stipulated by Countryside Properties, they are competent to start work. The information can be accessed by authorised site and head office personnel and can also generate reports both for use by Countryside Properties and its supply chain.

David Hudson, Countryside Properties’ Head of Health and Safety comments:

“Ensuring that people are competent to carry out their jobs is vital both to effective health and safety management and to productivity.  Using the Mosaic system means that we can be entirely sure that everyone working on our sites has received the required briefings and training which minimises risk to themselves and others of unsafe or unskilled work.

“This initial use of Mosaic’s system is helping us to achieve our objectives and it will shortly be rolled out to other sites in southern England.”

Mosaic provides Carillion with powerful solution

Mosaic provides Carillion with powerful solution for competence and asset management

Carillion Eltel is a joint venture between Eltel Networks and Carillion the leading integrated support services and construction company, which has installed  software from Mosaic Management Systems on a number of its sites. Carillion’s clients are varied and include UK Power Networks (UKPN), which owns and maintains electricity cables and lines across London, the South East and East of England and National Grid for whom Carillion works in a joint venture with the Polish division of ElTel Networks, the infranet specialists to refurbish National Grid’s power network.

These types of contracts require people with highly specialised engineering and construction skills and a system to be able to record their qualifications and competence so that Carillion Eltel can verify that they meet their clients’ demanding standards for skills and training.  In National Grid’s case this means that everyone working on their sites must, at a minimum, pass their BESC (basic electrical safety and competency) examination, which has to be retaken every three years.  Then, depending on what job they are doing people working for Carillion and its sub-contractors need to prove that they have further specific training.  There is a whole range of specialist courses and training that people need from working at heights on electricity equipment to tower rescue as well as more generic certifications including first aid, banksman, fire warden responsibilities and driving licences.  Then there are the various certification schemes which need to be recorded such as IOSH Certificates, CSCS and CPCS cards and IPAF.  And for the personnel from ElTel Networks the qualifications that they achieved in the JV training school in Poland must also be recorded and monitored.

In addition to the clients’ basic requirements, Carillion takes its investment in people’s skills very seriously and provides additional training for on-site workers,

Gordon Cowan, Carillion’s SHEQ and IMS manager says:

“Knowing that we go above and beyond their specification gives our clients extra reassurance that their projects will be completed safely and efficiently and gives us additional peace of mind that we have done everything we can to prevent harm to workers and the equipment they work with.”

When there are hundreds of people on site and the different courses have different expiry times and pass criteria, the amount of paperwork generated is vast, which is why Carillion has chosen software from Mosaic Management Systems to record and manage worker and asset data on its National Grid and UKPN sites.

Gordon continues:

“Without Mosaic we would be juggling lots of spreadsheets and inputting a lot more data about people and their qualifications so it saves us a lot of time and improves accuracy of record keeping giving us easy access to a wide range of information about what people on our sites are competent to do.  The system also has extensive reporting tools and flags up expiring qualifications and other criteria we specify so that manual processes to pull these figures and facts together is automatic and removes the potential for human error too.”

Carillion is also using the system to manage its various assets and PPE on site.  Using Mosaic’s Asset Tagging module equipment is logged using smartcards and handheld PDA’s, its certification recorded and any work done on it is logged to build up a machine history record.  And as Carillion’s insurers Allianz complete inspections they can upload their reports to the Mosaic system to expand the information held further.  Items are also logged against the contract they are being used on and even the person who is using it so that there is comprehensive and irrefutable proof about the use, assessment and maintenance of equipment that can be accessed quickly by Carillion’s own safety advisors as well as its clients’ safety personnel.

Gordon concludes:  “As the Mosaic system becomes more embedded in the way we work, its popularity is increasing as more and more people realise the value of having company and client-wide access to accurate and comprehensive data about people and equipment on our sites.”