Doncaster man’s rail death ‘an accident’

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New safety measures have been introduced after a worker from Doncaster was killed while repairing railway tracks.

Scott Dobson, of Turnberry Mews, Stainforth, was killed as he led a team working on a section of track near Lincoln.

Jurors recorded a verdict of accidental death after hearing the 26-year-old suffered a fatal head injury when he was hit by a train while in charge of safety as he led a group of workers repairing a section of track.

Colleagues working with Mr Dobson say they heard no horn in the moments before he died, on December 4, 2012.

Mr Dobson had been working for the agency Sky Blue, owned by the engineering firm Carillion, which today said it had brought in new measures since Mr Dobson’s death.

A spokesman said: “Carillion would 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 at Carillion and the rest of the industry. Since the accident, we have carefully examined our safety processes and procedures to identify any opportunities to learn from this very sad case.

“As the inquest heard, we have also made a number of improvements which go beyond current industry standards.

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

During the inquest, jurors heard SkyBlue had received an email calling on the company to remove him from all Network Rail ‘infrastructure’ until an investigation into a previous incident was completed.

However, the inquest was told Kirk Paono, Skyblue’s rail manager at the time, did not act on this email.

Jurors had heard Mr Dobson was then involved in another safety incident on November 4, but still remained on duty.

Summing up, coroner Stuart Fisher said Mr Dobson did not adhere to work safety regulations.

The hearing, which began on January 19, was told Mr Dobson had been working on the Gainsborough line near Sykes Lane, around half-a-mile from Saxilby Station.

His gang was using heavy machinery to compact ballast under the track to minimise the risk of a derailment.

Jurors heard members of Mr Dobson’s team say they did not hear the horn of the Scunthorpe to Lincoln train as it approached.

But train driver Christopher Kay said he blew his horn twice and received an acknowledgement from one of the group.

He said Mr Dobson stepped back on to the line and was not looking at the train at the time of impact.

It was later revealed the equipment generated more noise than that of the oncoming train and horn.