What we do

Established in 2005, McCarthy Associates is a small independent firm, specialising in operational readiness, rail operations consultancy, training needs analysis, design and delivery, incident management, emergency planning and fire risk assessments.

We specialise in achieving operational readiness for new assets, so far including fire panels, new trains, sub surface sidings, new stations and Off Tram Ticketing Systems!

We have helped our clients meet training and operational obligations in a cost effective and positive manner.

Our associates are made up from senior manager and professional rail operators, training staff, health and safety professionals as well as operational managers, with huge experience in many areas.



Our Services

We specialise in assisting suppliers to operational railways in achieving operational readiness for new assets and meeting their training and operational obligations to their clients.

All of our training associates are qualified to national levels.

Some of the services we offer include:

We can assess needs, and create exercises needed to allow operational readiness to be achieved, including crowd control, emergency simulation and all other activities needed, including reports and evidence.

Where a construction project interfaces with the rail environment, we can supply rail interface management allowing rail standards to be met where necessary and ensuring stakeholder engagement, increasing access to work and reducing misunderstandings between the rail and construction industries.

We have successfully handed back several rail projects, ensuring all documentation is provided, including training records, Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Manuals

We can supply all aspects of the training cycle:

  • Identify learning needs
  • Design training
  • Deliver training
  • Assess learning
  • Evaluate the training

We can help you put together emergency plans for operational safety, fire and evacuation, and any others needed. We can also carry out training and exercises to support them

We can supply

  • Qualified fire risk assessment
  • Fire plan development
  • Fire training


Portfolio

Current Projects

  • Working with Network Rail and Costain on Training and Familiarisation for NR and TOC staff to move into and operate the new station
  • developed and delivered training for the new Integrated Station Control Room, both in the MICA Station Management System and in developing working relations between Network Rail and the TOCs
  • Over 400 staff trained, Managing training needs and resources
  • Supplying resource to manage project risk profile
  • Supplying resource to manage permit office at construction manager and  administration level

Previous Work

  • Working with Taylor Woodrow on NET Phase 2, working on the handback of the project.
  • Developing test documentation and O&M manuals
  • Managing training needs and resources
  •  Supplying electrical engineer resource to the project
  • Supplied operational readiness training and exercises for London Underground and Network Rail
  • Provided Training Needs Analysis and wide variety of training for London Underground and Network Rail
  • Ran ‘Day in the life of’(DITLO) workshops for Farringdon station
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    Joint Operational Strategy Workshops – Farringdon London Underground and First Capital Connect Text
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    Joint Operational Strategy Workshops – Farringdon London Underground and First Capital Connect Text
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    Operational readiness training for Farringdon Station
  • blackfriars_4
    Station familiarisation – Blackfriars South Station
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    Staff training for Blackfriars London Underground and National Rail
  • blackfriars
    Escalator Training designed, developed and delivered for Station Supervisors at Blackfriars Network Rail Station.
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  • Farringdon Station
    Farringdon Station (thameslink project) Operational readiness exercises, training for LU and FCC station staff, LU, NR and FCC maintenance staff and emergency services. (image copyright Brian Hardy)
  • BlackFriars
    Blackfriars Station (thameslink project) Operational readiness exercises, training for LU and FCC station staff, LU, NR and FCC maintenance staff and emergency services. (image copyright Brian Hardy)
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  • Designed and delivered all maintenance training to Network Rail staff for handover, allowing the newly developed western concourse to open on time
  • Kings Cross Western Concourse
    Operational & Maintainer staff training for new western concourse at Kings Cross - Network Rail

  • Fire Risk assessments carried out for pubs and hotels
  • Fire training carried out at Fleur De Lys Museum, Faversham
  • Delivered London Underground ‘Rules and Regulations’ training to control centre staff
  •  Delivered incident management training to senior incident officers
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    Station control room training for London Underground supervisors and control room assistants

Developed and delivered ‘Train the Trainer’ (TTT) course for the new ‘Asset Inspection Train’ writing the course and training trainers to deliver it

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    Designed, developed & delivered, new rolling stock for Tubelines Asset Inspection Train

  • Supplied operational readiness and training for sub service sidings at White City on the Central Line
  • Supplied operational readiness and training for new Wood Lane Station on Hammersmith and City Line
  • Supplied operational readiness and training for refurbished Shepherds Bush Station on Central Line
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    Developed & delivered all Operational Training for station staff and maintainers including Operational readiness, Station familiarisation Training & Emergency Planning Training at Sheperds Bush station.
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    Developed & delivered all Operational Training for station staff and maintainers including Operational readiness, Station familiarisation Training & Emergency Planning Training at Woods Lane station.
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    Train the Trainer to LLU Instructor Operators & Duty Managers
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    Developed Emergency Local Control Panel (ELCP) training for White City, Delivered ELCP Training to LU Duty Managers
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    Developed & delivered all Operation Training for White City Sidings for Train Operators, Duty Managers & Maintainers.
  • White City
    White City Sidings Operational readiness advice and exercises, Health and Safety machinery consultation, training for LU station staff, including signalling and train movements, LU maintenance staff and emergency services. (image copyright Brian Hardy)
  • Woods Lane
    Wood Lane Station - Operational readiness exercises, training for LU station staff, LU maintenance staff and emergency services. (image copyright Brian Hardy)
  • Sheperds Bush
    Shepherds Bush (Central Line) Operational readiness exercises, training for LU station staff, LU maintenance staff and emergency services. (image copyright Brian Hardy)



Fire Safety

Fire and Fire Risk Assessments

McCarthy Associates are accredited by the Fire Protection Association to carry out Fire Risk Assessments.

We supply this service, using a simple, common sense approach that leaves clients with an understandable, usable report reflecting realistic views and recommendations.

We have also carried out Fire Risk Assessments for small businesses and have carried out extensive work with Dalkia (MITIE) in fire panel installation, training staff in their operation.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO) came into effect in October 2006 and replaced over 70 pieces of fire safety law.

Under the FSO, the responsible person must carry out a fire safety risk assessment and implement and maintain a fire management plan.

We supply this service, using a simple, common sense approach that leaves clients with an understandable, usable report reflecting realistic views and recommendations.

The FSO applies to all non-domestic premises in England and Wales, including the common parts of blocks of flats and houses in multiple occupations (HMOs).

The law applies to you if you are:

Responsible for business premises
An employer or self-employed with business premises
Responsible for a part of a dwelling where that part is solely used for business purposes
A charity or voluntary organisation
A contractor with a degree of control over any premises
Providing accommodation for paying guests

We provide professionally qualified trainers to deliver high quality training at your place of work. We can deliver bespoke training or the following:

Outline relevant fire legislation
List the fire warden’s responsibilities and duties
Outline evacuation procedures and emergency plans
Identify potential fire hazards and risks
  • Introduction
  • Hot working
  • Duties and responsibilities of the fire watchperson
  • Recap and assessment

Pre requisite MUST be Fire Awareness trained

  • Identify the causes of fire and how to prevent them
  • Detail the actions to be taken in the event of a fire
  • List classes of fire and appropriate fire extinguishers
  • Describe the practical use of fire extinguishers
  • Identify the five types of British Standard safety signs
  • Detail the actions to be taken with suspect packages
  • Identify compliance with and contravention of the fire legislation
  • Explain the reasons why it is necessary to license the storage of materials
  • Describe the correct use and storage of flammable materials
  • Identify different fire detection and suppression systems
We can work with you:

  • to develop your emergency plans
  • to manage fire drills and exercises
  • train you to carry out testing and put routines in place

For all your fire system installation and maintenance requirements, we recommend PLP Fire & Security. Click here to visit their site.



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