B248 Network Rail Safety Bulletin NRB23-02
Trackworker near miss
Issued to: All Network Rail line managers, safety professionals and accredited contractors
Location: Teignmouth Boat Yard, near Dawlish, Western route
Contact: Dean Johns - Health & Safety Manager, W&W Capital Delivery
On the 14 February 2023 at Teignmouth Boat Yard, near Dawlish, at approximately 01.18am a Controller of Site Safety (COSS) went to place worksite marker boards after being asked to assist the Engineering Supervisor (ES) in taking a worksite. Believing they had been told to place the marker boards, the COSS accessed the track and walked to the required position and placed the marker board on the Down line, whilst placing the marker board they heard a train coming and moved quickly onto the open Up line as the train hit the marker board.
Permission to place the marker boards had not been given by the ES and both lines were still open to traffic The forward facing CCTV footage from the train shows the COSS moving clear from the down line 4 foot into the open up line with less than 3 seconds to spare before the train hit the markerboard.
The train came to a stand with the driver and driver trainer believing they had struck the operative. RAIB attended site and will be producing a safety digest in the near future.