THE price of a worker’s life was set at a measly £200,000 by magistrates yesterday following the death of a rail maintenance worker who was hit by a train, writes Peter Lazenby.
Lincoln magistrates’ court imposed the fine on super-rich Carillion Construction Ltd for breaching health and safety laws.
Scott Dobson was carrying out maintenance work on a stretch of railway near Saxilby in Lincolnshire on December 4 2012. Carillion failed to ensure that both sections of line had been shut down.
Mr Dobson, from Doncaster, was hit by a train and killed.
Rail union RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “A fine of £200,000 to a giant company like Carillion is peanuts and will be written off as petty cash.
“This is a pathetic and wholly inadequate penalty for a series of corporate errors that led to the wholly avoidable death of Scott Dobson.”