Institution of Mechanical Engineers IMechE

Lessons from GE19: Essential Engineering Questions

02 June 2009

In May 2008, the new East London Line bridge, GE19, was successfully launched over the main line railway into Liverpool Street. Later that month, while undergoing final lowering, the bridge dropped 200mm onto the main bearing causing debris to fall onto the track below. The immediate cause of the accident was the way in which the PTFE cover slipper plates were placed.

Presented by Martin Brown, the Director of Health, Safety and Environment at Transport for London, this lecture will provide an insight into the investigation undertaken after the collapse. It will provide a chance to debate the issues relating to the reasons for failure and the lessons learnt. Additionally, it will examine the barriers that exist to the application of fundamental engineering principles within innovative design.

Meet the Speaker
Martin Brown joined the HSE in 1979, and worked in a variety of roles dealing with the manufacturing, construction and rail sectors, on both enforcement and policy. He was closely involved in the development of the CDM Regulations, and gave evidence to Lord Cullen’s inquiry into the Ladbroke Grove train crash. Martin left the HSE in 2002, to take up the post of Director of HSQE, Tube Lines, moving to London Rail as Director of HSE in summer 2008 (three days after the GE19 incident). He studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield, continuing with postgraduate work in industrial relations at Warwick University and safety management at Imperial College London.


Lessons from GE19 - Essential Engineering Questions

: Martin Brown, Director of Health, Safety and Environment, Transport for London

Duration: 1 hr