Accidental death verdict on Stainforth rail worker

NEWS: News.
NEWS: News.

A jury has returned a verdict of accidental death on a rail track worker killed by a train as he led a team working on a section of track.

Contractor Scott Dobson, of Turnberry Mews, Stainforth, had been involved in two other incidents in the weeks before his death.

Network Rail had ordered he be taken off frontline duties two months before he suffered fatal head injuries at Saxilby.

An inquest heard how his employers had failed to act on the order and admitted not taking it seriously enough. They had also failed to upload details of the first incident to their internal records system.

Mr Dobson, 26, suffered his fatal head injury when he was hit by a Scunthorpe to Lincoln train at 1.55pm on December 4, 2012. He was leading a group of workers repairing a section of track at Sykes Lane and was in charge of safety at the site. Colleagues working with Mr Dobson say they heard no horn in the moments before he died.

Mr Dobson’s employer, SkyBlue, a recruitment agency owned by contractor Carillion, had received an email calling on the company to remove him from all Network Rail “infrastructure” until an investigation into an incident was completed.

The inquest heard that Kirk Paona, rail manager for SkyBlue at the time, did not act on this email. Jurors were also told Mr Dobson was then involved in another safety incident on November 4, but still remained on duty.