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Fatalities at Margam (Port Talbot) on 3rd July 2019

05 July 2019

One of two permanent way workers killed when hit by a train on 3rd July at Margam near Port Talbot was a PWI member.  Gareth Delbridge joined the PWI in March 1980 and was a member for over 39 years.  His colleague Michael Lewis also died at the scene of the incident.  British Transport Police (BTP) are working alongside the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) to understand the full circumstances of what happened.  BTP have indicated that the use of ear defenders may have affected the men’s ability to hear approaching trains.  

In response to the incident PWI Chief Executive Stephen Barber said:

"PWI members are shocked and saddened by the tragic deaths of two Network Rail permanent way staff at Margam, one of whom was a member of our Institution of 39 years standing.  Our thoughts and condolences go out to their families and friends, and to those others affected by the incident and its immediate aftermath. 

Injuries and fatalities at work are simply unacceptable in our industry.  PWI members will want to understand the incident’s causes and what needs to be done to prevent any repetition.  I’m certain that Network Rail, RAIB, BTP and the Office of Rail and Road are working urgently to determine that.  

Putting people to work safely is a critical engineering skill and, through its knowledge sharing and professional development activities, the PWI will continue to work hard to help engineers deliver safe working environments and safe infrastructure."

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