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23 March 2016

Every year the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers presents the Wing Award for Safety to an individual who has made an outstanding personal contribution to improving trackside safety, and we are now seeking nominations for the 2016 Award. 

The Wing Award was initiated over 20 years ago to commemorate the life and work of Peter Wing, a Fellow of this Institution who was dedicated to making major improvements for the safety of people working on Britain's railway tracks during his career. He was known above all for leading a campaign called “Dead Serious About Safety” which had a major beneficial impact in dramatically reducing the number of trackside fatalities and injuries in the 1990s. 

The Wing Award remains as relevant as ever, and improving track safety rightly continues to be a dominant theme both on the railways in the UK and in other countries as well.  

The Award presents a valuable opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of an individual who has made a significant contribution to the industry’s quest to make sure that everyone who works trackside gets home safely. 

Although Peter was an S&T Engineer, the Award is open to anyone working in the rail industry, regardless of their specialism. The IRSE manages and presents the Award on behalf of the rail industry. It takes the form of a certificate and a sum of £500 for the winner, to be devoted to their personal development. 

In previous years the Award has been made to people who have developed novel ideas for improving safety at the lineside, those who have been long term champions for improving track safety standards, and those who have made a significant contribution to the awareness of track safety. You may be able to think of other deserving cases. 

Nominations are now sought for someone to be the winner of this Award in 2016. The Award will be made to the winner at Rail Media’s “Rail Safety Summit” in early May. Your nominee may be someone from your own organisation, or you may wish to nominate someone from another organisation. It could be someone who is at a senior level, but equally it might be an unsung and relatively unknown hero who has made a real improvement to safety at the trackside. 

Please seriously consider making a nomination, and advertise the Award within your organisation, to help the industry recognise achievement and to emphasise the importance of continuous improvement in trackside safety. Nominations should be sent to Francis How at the IRSE offices, or by email to, not later than 31st March 2016, together with a supporting justification for the nomination (up to 250 words).

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