Tended’s solution enabled a safe work zone to be created a 2 m distance from an adjacent open line, helping to ensure workers were immediately notified if they left safe working limits. This reduced the risk of a track worker straying from a safe working area or accessing or leaving the site outside of a position of safety.
Off-track teams found the technology useful in alerting them if they inadvertently crossed the safe zone boundary, helping them stay a safe distance from open lines at all times. This was done when undertaking devegetation works, providing support to the Site Warden.
Individuals working alone also benefited from being alerted during their inspection or patrolling activities.
Over the time that Network Rail Wales and Borders has been using Tended, the devices demonstrated accuracy of under 50 mm 97% of the time and accuracy under 300 mm 99.9% of the time, in line with Network Rail’s geofencing standard.
Steve Hood, Programme Manager for Safe & Effective Working said:
"Using Tended’s geofencing technology has enabled us to provide additional protection for our trackside teams when working alongside adjacent open lines. If we are working next to lines with trains travelling at high speeds without any barriers or fencing, we need to be confident in the safety systems we have in place.
Tended has provided additional peace of mind in these situations, letting workers know instantly if they were to leave safe working areas, helping to prevent anyone approaching an open line. We’ve been impressed with the accuracy of Tended’s technology and how our teams have responded to it, not only buying into its ability to help keep them safe, whilst remaining efficient when being deployed onsite."