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MargamĀ Final Investigation Report

27 January 2020

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has said the union will look at the recommendations and the implementation of the Final Report from Network Rail (NR) into the deaths of two workers at Margam in South Wales in July 2019.

Cortes described the deaths as “preventable” and called on NR to work closely with the union to ensure similar tragedies become “a thing of the past.”

An initial report concluded there was ‘no safe system in place’ when Gareth Delbridge, who was 64, and 58 year old Michael ‘Spike’ Lewis, were struck by the by the Swansea to London Paddington train.

A Network Rail and Great Western Railway probe said six staff were working on the line and separated of their own accord into groups of three. This meant there was no official lookout.

The recommendations of the final report – published 23rd Jan 2020 – cover a number of issues relating to workforce safety.

In summary these call for the strengthening of ‘risk awareness and safety culture’ with ‘site checks, audits and feedback from staff’ relating to the improvement of work behaviours and actions.

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Provision of advice on the design of hearing protection, to improve the ability of workers to hear all train warning horns

Reviewing driver training in the appropriate use of the warning horn in response to emergencies.

Late changes to work or extra tasks must be better managed to reduce risk and plans must not be changed on site.

Commenting, Manuel Cortes said:

“Our first thoughts are with the families and members affected by the incident, members affected will continue to be supported by our representatives, as long as needed.

“Sadly, the deaths at Margam were preventable our union will be looking at the recommendations from the report and the implementation.

“We will be calling on the company to work tirelessly with our union to ensure death and injuries at work become a thing of the past.”


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