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Newark rail death – co-worker faces prosecution

A former rail worker is being prosecuted for alleged health and safety breaches relating to the death of a colleague at Newark North Gate last year.

John Wright was struck by a train on 22 January 2014, and died in hospital nine days later, after apparently wandering inadvertently onto the track.

This week, a Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) report on the accident criticised Network Rail’s “site safety discipline”, and the absence of the Controller of Site Safety (COSS) from the scene.

Following the RAIB investigation, the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has announced it is prosecuting the COSS for allegedly breaching health and safety law.

The ORR said in a statement: “This was a devastating incident and our thoughts are with the family and friends of John Wright.

“ORR is prosecuting a former rail worker for breaches of Health and Safety law following its investigation into the death of Wright.”

A preliminary hearing will be held at Nottingham Crown Court in March.

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