Possession Support Staff

To work within a safety critical environment, carrying out possession support duties under the direction of the S/PICOP or relevant supervisor

Resposible to
Delivery Manager/Senior Delivery Manager


Key responsibilities

  • To assist as a team member in managing the line possession.
  • Attend (S)PICOP and COSS briefings and raise any concerns if the messages are not clear
  • Manage or support pre-possession checks, briefings etc and be in place at blocking points at least one hour in advance
  • Monitor blocking points and place boards and detonators according the NWR guidelines
  • Attend worksites to carry out safety audits on behalf of Network Rail
  • Attend and support on site walkouts (pre work), so as to understand the environment and investigate all safety concerns.
  • Comply with all relevant legislation and railway rules
  • Communicate with (S)PICOP before placing or lifting any protection
  • A good understanding of regulations regarding safety and ready to report any incidents, accidents, near misses or concerns immediately

Key performance indicators

  • Network Rail Audit
  • Number of reportable incidents
  • Complete, timely and accurate return of relevant possession documentation
  • Attendance and punctuality Complete and accurate time sheets

Skills and experience

  • Leads by example
  • Understands the implications of a failure to carry out every task in a safe and compliant manner
  • Geographical knowledge
  • In depth knowledge of possession requirements
  • Knowledge of Network Rail rules and regulations 
  • Safety awareness

Competences and qualifications

  • IWA or COSS 
  • PS
  • Manual Handling
  • Ability to use own initiative 
  • Good communication skills, especially whilst relaying telephone messages
  • Pro-active under pressure

I understand and accept the above duties, which are part of my role.  I undertake to take reasonable care for the health and safety of myself and those other persons who may be affected by my acts or omissions at work.  To co-operate, as far as necessary, with any statutory requirement placed on the company. To ensure that I do not intentionally or recklessly interfere with or misuse anything provided in the interest of safety or welfare.