Safety of the Railway Infrastructure of the Czech Republic – SŽDC Priority


Prague, 25/02/2011 – Railway Infrastructure Administration, state organization (SŽDC), as the entity providing rail operation for ordinary life situations as well as in case of non-military and military emergency situations, has decided to significantly enhance the rail protection and the supervision over its own processes. The objective is to guarantee the maximum safety of SŽDC´s key operations. The decision follows the completed analysis of safety risks. The enhancement of the company´s safety is also associated with the upcoming transfer of the members of rail service staff from the Czech Railways, joint-stock company.

The current safety and crisis organization machinery was particularly based on the needs of the crisis planning and the fulfilment of the mobilization delivery under the technical rail protection.

The field of the crisis planning will put far greater emphasis on dealing with non-military emergency situations and on maintaining the continuity of business matters to ensure the minimum economic losses induced by disruption of rail services in case of emergency situations. This is very often caused by unfavourable weather conditions as well as by organized criminal activity related to the theft of metal components of the railway infrastructure, in particular parts of the contact line system, telecommunication and signalling cables, etc.

To get a better picture, we present an interannual increase of damages induced by the theft of non-ferrous metals on SŽDC´s network.
Note: ŽDC – railway infrastructure

  Calculation of damages in CZK - year
Theft on ŽDC 2009 2010
Non-ferrous metals 19 890 935 23 601 553
Non-ferrous metals + others 1 596 420 3 948 132
Theft on ŽDC total 21 487 355 27 549 685
Theft excl. ŽDC 2009 2010
Non-ferrous metals 62 728 77 379
Non-ferrous metals + others 316 114 579
Theft excl. ŽDC total 63 044 191 957

A more difficult situation can be seen in the area of safety. The protection of tangible and intangible assets of the organization has been ensured only partially or in a non-coordinated way. One of the areas where it is necessary to enhance the level of safety standards is the protection of sensitive company information and personal data. A long-term and only partially manageable phenomenon is the criminal activity focused on the movable and immovable assets of the state (theft of signalling installations, cables, rail device, and vandalism). A crucial problem also refers to the signals about the uneconomical public contracts-related investments of the financial means of the company, which was confirmed by the BIS 2009 Annual Report.

Mgr. Petr Brázda was entrusted with the preparation and implementation of the new concept of safety measures at the Railway Infrastructure Administration, state organization.

His main task is to carry out the restructuring process of the safety machinery of the company, taking the current safety risks into consideration. It mainly involves hiring other experts who would deal with the prevention of losses and provide methodical control and coordination in the field of the company safety, consistently handling safety incidents arisen from the company activity. These specialists will also cooperate with the Police force in case of criminal activity focused on the railway infrastructure.  Due attention should also be paid to the protection of economical interests of the company, i.e. efficient supervision of the invested state funds within the suppliers´ control. To put it more simply, setting anti-corruption measures within the organization.

An integral part of the concept is to enforce and to follow safety procedures in the company. It relates to measures that often tend to be unpleasant and may provoke certain resistance. Therefore they should also include a system for training the managing staff with delegated responsibility for the cross-section of the safety area in the firm.

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