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    MAJOR CONTRACTOR FINED OVER RAIL DEATH

    Firm failed to close railway line during maintenance work

    Carillion Construction Ltd has been fined £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £36,570.39 following a prosecution brought by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) for breaching health and safety laws which led to the death of a railway worker on 4th December 2014.

    Workman Scott Dobson from Doncaster was carrying out maintenance work near Saxilby, Lincolnshire, when he was struck by a passing train.

    Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) investigators found a number of failings in the planning and management of the work. Only one of the two railway lines had been blocked while maintenance was being done, whereas both lines should have been closed, to minimise the possibility of workers being struck by passing trains.

    Wholly avoidable

    Carillion Construction Ltd pleaded guilty at Lincoln Crown Court today.

    Ian Prosser, HM Chief Inspector of Railways said:

    “This accident was wholly avoidable, had Carillion Construction Ltd followed health and safety rules set out for the railways. Our sympathies are with Mr Dobson’s family.

    The safety of workers and passengers is a top priority for the regulator, which is why ORR inspectors are out on the railway daily, monitoring to ensure safety isn’t compromised.”

    In July 2015, ORR published its most recent health and safety report relating to railway safety.

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