Network Rail fined £800k after Brighton train struck worker

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A Network Rail worker suffered life changing injuries when a train travelling at 80mph hit him, whilst he was working on the Brighton main line.


Alan Evans was thrown down the side of the embankment in 2014, whilst he was leading a maintenance team of 12 people. As the warning was given about the oncoming train, Evans began to walk along the side of the line and then was hit before he could reach a safe place. Mr Evans has since left Network Rail and has had 20 operations since his traumatic accident.


Network Rail pleaded guilty to two charges under the Health and Safety at Work Act, and have now been fined £800k. The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) launched an investigation and found that fast, frequent trains continued to run in the area where Evans and his team were working. Precautions for the works were not planned to the usual standard, placing track workers in unnecessary danger. The court heard that this work could have been completed at night, meaning Mr Evans life changing injuries would have been avoided.

The Network Rail manager, John Halsall, said they take “full responsibility” for the accident and “have made several changes” to the way they work, with the ORR adding that it would continue to monitor Network Rail and will “step in” if necessary.


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