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Scott Dobson inquest: Recruitment agency should have done more

Scott Dobson was a 26-year-old rail worker who died after being hit by a train near Lincoln.

Dobson, a contractor for Network Rail, was working on the track near Sykes Lane, about half a mile from Saxilby station.

He was hit by the Scunthorpe to Lincoln train at 1.55pm on Tuesday, December 4.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch say there was a “total breakdown of communication” within Scott Dobson’s employer, SkyBlue.

Last week jurors heard SkyBlue, a recruitment agency owned by contractor Carillion, had received an email calling on the company to remove him from all Network Rail "infrastructure" until an investigation into an incident several weeks earlier was completed.

Kirk Paona, rail manager for SkyBlue at the time, did not act on this email, leaving the company shortly after.

Today the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) said more steps should have been taken to remove him from duty.

Ian Capewell, leader of the investigation for RAIB, said: “There was a total breakdown of communication. There was several opportunities within SkyBlue between October and the last contact between Scott and the SkyBlue manager in November that should have identified that Scott’s competence as a controller of site safety should have been temporarily suspended.”

Jurors heard that following Mr Dobson’s death the rail industry has worked on reducing its reliance on agency staff and has introduced a process to suspend an individual’s competencies while an investigation takes place.

 

 

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