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ORR: Track worker safety “para­mount”

- Incidents · Network Rail Route 18

Re­spond­ing to the RAIB re­port into the track worker deaths at Margam, HM Chief In­spec­tor of Rail­ways Ian Prosser said: “Our thoughts con­tinue to be with the fam­i­lies and friends of Gareth Del­bridge and Michael Lewis, who were struck and killed by a train at Margam in July last year.

“Track worker safety is para­mount, and in the 18 months prior to the in­ci­dent at Margam we un­der­took ad­di­tional in­spec­tions fol­low­ing our grow­ing con­cerns that Net­work Rail was not do­ing enough to con­trol risks to track work­ers.

“These in­spec­tions had re­sulted in for­mal en­force­ment ac­tion be­ing taken. Net­work Rail re­sponded by form­ing a sig­nif­i­cant task­force to bring about much needed im­prove­ments.

“Our in­ves­ti­ga­tion into this tragic in­ci­dent con­tin­ues. How­ever, the rec­om­men­da­tions in this re­port are wel­comed.”

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