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.

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

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

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