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Babcock Rail fined after worker injured

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Babcock Rail has been fined £400,000 after an employee was injured while renewing rail track in north east Wales.

The worker was struck by a road-rail vehicle on 8 March 2013 at Hope railway station in Flintshire.

After being trapped against the platform edge, the worker was left with injuries to their legs, abdomen and back.

According to the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), Babcock Rail was aware there was a risk of collision between maintenance vehicles and workers renewing the track at Hope Station.

But the watchdog said the company failed to take appropriate steps to prevent its employees coming to harm. 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, said the ORR.

Chief inspector of railways Ian Prosser 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.

“Safety of rail workers is one of the regulator’s key priorities and we will take appropriate action against companies or individuals wherever failings are found.”

ORR said it prosecuted Babcock Rail for breaches of Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and that Babcock Rail pleaded guilty at Mold Magistrates’ Court on 15 January 2016.

A spokesman for Babcock Rail said: “Babcock is committed to maintaining and delivering the highest standards in the management of health and safety in all we do.

”The health and safety of all employees has always been a top priority and we are also committed to ensuring our staff are trained to the highest standards. Following the incident three years ago, we established a thorough and immediate investigation. We have a strong track record for health and safety and this remains an isolated case.”



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