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TfL Surface Transport Holds Special Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace Road

In 2007, TfL Surface Transport recognised a need to enhance and expand accident investigation training across its many business units. Dave McLellan, Surface Transport Safety Training Manager, set about evaluating the various options and 'was most impressed by the courses run under the auspices of the Institute of Industrial Accident Investigators'.

Dave contacted the Institute for preliminary discussions and it was decided that a joint development initiative was the way forward. Paul Difford, Director of the Research & Development Centre, was appointed to assist and together with Dave produced two courses specifically for TfL Surface Transport. The generic IIAI Lead Accident Investigators' Certificate was modified to incorporate a comprehensive Tfl specific case study and this is now used for the training of selected personnel. An IIAI/TFL Foundation Course was also developed and this is used for the bulk of Surface Transport's general accident investigation training. Of note, five Tfl staff are currently undergoing IIAI Instructor Approval so that Surface Transport will be self-sufficient as regards in-house deliveries of IIAI/TFL Foundation Courses.

Note for editors: TfL Surface Transport is responsible for London's taxis, buses, river services and Victoria Coach Station.

Following the first round of highly successful courses, Surface Transport organised an awards ceremony at which Richard Stephenson (Transport for London Group Director of HSE) presented Managers with their Lead Certificates (Richard is pictured below right presenting to Christopher Eleftheriou, Regional Operations Manager-Central).



Pictured below are the TfL Senior Managers who were able to attend to receive their awards personally from Richard.         




Paul Difford also attended the awards ceremony to present IIAI Membership Certificates on behalf of the IIAI Executive Committee. Paul is pictured below right presenting to Dave McLellan, TfL Surface Transport Safety Training Manager, who said: “It is important for TfL’s staff not only to be trained and competent in accident investigations but also for individuals to demonstrate an affiliation with a recognised body to maintain their professionalism. TfL is delighted to be associated with the IIAI as the premier body in the UK".



Pictured below are the TfL Staff who were able to attend to receive their IIAI Membership Certificates personally from Paul.


Pictured below; Dave and Paul pose with Francis Broughton (centre), Surface Transport Head of Safety.


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