Death of Doncaster rail worker leads to £200,000 fine

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A construction firm has been fined £200,000 after health and safety failings led to the death of a rail worker from Doncaster.

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 for breaching health and safety laws which led to the death of a railway worker.

Scott Dobson, from Turnberry Mews, Stainforth, was carrying out maintenance work near Saxilby, Lincolnshire, when he was struck by a passing train on December 4 2012.

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As part of its statutory duties, ORR investigated and found a number of failings in Carillion’s 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.

Carillion Construction Ltd pleaded guilty at Lincolnshire Magistrates’ Court.

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.”

A Carillion spokesperson said: “Carillion would again like to express its condolences to the family and friends of Mr Dobson.

“This tragic accident caused deep sadness and shock to those of us in Carillion and the rest of the industry. As the court heard, following the accident we undertook a detailed examination of our safety processes and procedures to identify any lessons which could be learnt from this very sad case and act upon them. We have also made a number of improvements which go beyond current industry standards.

“We go to great lengths to ensure that our workforce understands the importance of safety and they are actively encouraged to raise any concerns they may have, which we always act upon.”