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Rail Deaths Fine

Carillion Construction and Network Rail have been fined £1.1m and ordered to pay £100,000 costs between them, following the deaths of two railway maintenance staff.

David Pennington, 46, from Burnley, and Martin Oakes, 38, from Sheffield were hit by a reversing road rail vehicle (RRV) while laying new track near Hednesford, Staffordshire in the early hours of a night in September 2004.

The two firms were successfully prosecuted by the British Transport Police and Crown Prosecution Service. They were sentenced yesterday at Stafford Crown Court. Three individuals were also convicted of Health and Safety offences.

Network Rail, which was charged with endangering a non-employee, was fined £666,667 and ordered to pay £50,000 costs.

Carillion, which was charged with endangering an employee and a non-employee, was fined £444,444 and also ordered to pay £50,000 costs...

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