In this Solent branch webinar the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) will provide an overview of its investigation into a fatal accident involving a visually impaired person who fell from the edge of a station platform (in South London) and was struck by a passenger train. Following the accident, emergency services staff who had arrived to provide medical assistance were delayed by over 12 minutes as they were unable to determine whether traction current power had been turned off.   The investigation resulted in a number of important safety recommendations:

  • to the Department for Transport, the safety regulator (the Office of Rail and Road) and the railway industry on areas to improve safety for visually impaired (and other disabled) people on station platforms; and
  • to emergency services organisations to improve procedures for their operations on railway infrastructure when access is urgently needed to preserve life.

The accident report and a short video on the investigation are available on the RAIB’s website. The accident and investigation was also the subject of a 20 minute Radio 4 programme – please click here to listen.

The webinar will be presented by Alexander Mason-Campbell, CEng MIMechE, ChPP MAPM, MCMI, Inspector at Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB).

Alexander started his career at the Ministry of Defence, who sponsored his degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Southampton. During his initial career he helped develop light infantry weapons, directed energy devices and novel munitions products (in South Africa).  He then completed operational facing roles in London before deploying to Afghanistan to be a scientific advisor which involved sponsoring research, leading trials and developing urgently needed products. Upon returning to the UK, he led planning for the Strategic Command’s equipment portfolio including: cyber, surveillance and special forces programmes. In 2017, he joined the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) as an inspector.



Tuesday, 16th March 2021 at 6:00pm


Tuesday, 16th March 2021 at 7:15pm


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