Babcock Rail fined £400,000 after track worker crushed

Aaron Morby 5 months ago
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Babcock Rail has been fined £400,000 after a worker got trapped between a digger and a station platform in Flintshire, North East Wales.

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Lee Woolly was helping to replace a line at Hope Railway Station when the incident happened in March 2013.

Mold Crown Court heard he was fortunate not to have been killed and was on crutches and off work for six weeks.

Woolly was struck by a Road-Rail Vehicle which trapped him against the station’s platform edge.

This serious incident left the rail worker with injuries to their legs, abdomen and back.

ORR’s investigation found Babcock Rail was aware that there was a risk of collision between maintenance vehicles and workers renewing the track at Hope Station.

But the firm failed to take appropriate steps to prevent its employees coming to harm following inadequate planning, coordination and communication between managers.

A 3mph speed limit for vehicles was not being monitored or enforced, and no attempts were made to set up exclusion zones or positions of safety for those working near moving vehicles.

Ian Prosser, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Railways said: “This was an avoidable incident which left a rail worker with serious injuries.

“Babcock Rail’s safety management fell below the standards required, as inadequate planning and coordination of track renewals placed workers in unnecessary danger.”

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