Rail Accident Investigation Branch
Video: A brief summary of RAIBs work and areas of focus during 2021
During 2021, 391 notifications were received by the RAIB. We deployed inspectors and support staff on 29 occasions and undertook a total of 47 preliminary examinations. Out of these preliminary examinations, 16 led to full investigations, which will be published in the form of a detailed report with safety recommendations, and a further eight led to a safety digest being produced. In addition, we also wrote seven letters to coroners, one letter to industry and commenced nine industry investigation reviews.
The Branch published nine full investigation reports, eight safety digests, six letters to Coroners and issued one interim report. RAIB made 31 safety recommendations during 2021 to 36 different organisations across the rail industry including operators, manufacturers, and other authorities.
Notes to editors
1.The sole purpose of RAIB investigations is to prevent future accidents and incidents and improve railway safety. RAIB does not establish blame, liability or carry out prosecutions.
2.RAIB operates, as far as possible, in an open and transparent manner. While our investigations are completely independent of the railway industry, we do maintain close liaison with railway companies and if we discover matters that may affect the safety of the railway, we make sure that information about them is circulated to the right people as soon as possible, and certainly long before publication of our final report.
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