18 August 2006 | Paul Snell
Network Rail has suspended infrastructure firm Carillion Rail from bidding for new contract opportunities until it improves its safety record.
A spokesman for Network Rail told supplymanagement.com that a "pattern of behaviour" had led to the decision.
In a survey on accident rates carried out by Network Rail, Carillion Rail's rate was found to be twice as high as the average for other contractors - 0.5 accidents per 100,000 hours of work, compared with an average of 0.25.
Simon Kirby, Network Rail director of major projects and investments, said in a statement: "Carillion Rail must improve its record in this area if it is to attract new rail business. This is simply a precautionary measure designed to raise standards further."
Carillion Rail expressed disappointment at the decision. The company acknowledged that had been a rise in "less serious" workplace accidents between mid-June and mid-July, but said it was "committed to the highest standards of health and safety".
Current deals between Network Rail and Carillion Rail, which include infrastructure and track renewal, will not be affected by the decision.