He was speaking after RAIB released its report into the death of a track worker at Roade (on the West Coast Main Line) on April 8 2020. The worker, who was acting as Controller of Site Safety, was hit by a passenger train travelling at 90mph, while he was walking along a line that was open to traffic.
“It is not possible to determine with certainty why the track worker decided to walk on the track with no protection,” said the report.
“But it is probable he had a purpose in mind and that he believed that no trains were due on the line he was walking along.”
RAIB said there was “also witness evidence suggesting that he had become habituated to warnings from approaching trains”.
Its report also found that performance monitoring and appraisal arrangements, as well as the system of work, were inadequate.
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