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Collision between a train and lorry stabiliser leg

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has issued this report about an accident in which a train struck the stabiliser leg of a lorry that was parked next to the track. The lorry’s stabiliser legs had been deployed as its crane was being used to lift portable toilet units onto its flatbed.

According to the RAIB, this accident demonstrates the importance of:

  • Organisations which work within the railway boundary following their procedures so that visitors are appropriately managed and supervised when they are lineside, particularly where sites are being set up or shut down, or on other occasions when supervisory staff are less likely to be present.

  • Organisations having a clear understanding of the requirements when work is taking place within the railway boundary that involves road vehicles, so that they can ensure that an appropriate safe system of work, and staff with the required competencies, are in place.

The full report can be found here.

RAIB December 2021

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