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Carillion blasted again over rail safety in report by government

The Rail Accident Investigation branch of the Department for Transport, has criticised contractor Carillion and sub contractor Schweizer following an accident, which killed a man at Trafford Park in 2005.
'Carillion should review and amend as necessary their procedures and arrangements for site access to ensure that only those persons who are relevant to planned activities are able to access site,' says the report 'Schweizer should develop and implement a procedure to monitor the compliance of all their staff with main contractor and Network Rail track safety requirements,' it says.On Wednesday 26th October a train travelling between Liverpool and Manchester struck and fatally injured a railway track worker at Trafford Park West Junction, Manchester. The deceased was employed by Schweizer UK, who were operating as a subcontractor to Carillion. At the time of the incident he was carrying out a visual inspection of the track layout with a colleague and a Carillion employee. In addition to the fatality, the Carillion employee received a minor injury. The immediate cause of the accident was that the staff on the track did not respond to the approach of the train and move out of its path. There were several causal and contributory factors involved. Just last week Network Rail suspended Carillion from bidding for any new rail work until it improves its safety performance (NCE 24/31 August) The report can be downloaded at http://www.raib.gov.uk/cms_resources/20060825_R162006_Trafford Park.pdfbernadette.redfern@emap.com

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