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Rail maintenance worker killed by train

Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:07am AEST

The passenger train was city-bound when the accident happened. (ABC News)

A man has died after being hit by a train while carrying out maintenance work on the tracks in Sydney's south.

The man was one of four people carrying out track maintenance at Kogarah when a train approached at about 1:00am (AEST).

Video footage shows three workers managed to get out of the way, but the 59-year-old was struck and died at the scene.

Railcorp's Chief Executive Rob Mason says it is investigating why the trains were running while maintenance work was being carried out.

He says there are procedures in place to prevent these accidents.

"The procedures would involve the signaller and also the protection officer in charge of this track gang," he said.

"All those tapes have been secured and they'll be listened to as part of the investigation."

Mr Mason extended his sympathies to the victim's family and colleagues.

The train was heading for Sydney, with three passengers on board.

The guard has been taken to hospital suffering from shock.

Police, Work Cover and Railcorp are investigating and the line has been reopened.

Dock workers injured as 28 tonnes of steel falls from crane
Sat Apr 10, 2010 12:03pm AEST

Bluescope Steel is defending its loading operations after an incident at Port Kembla, in Wollongong, where workers narrowly escaped being crushed.

It is understood 28 tonnes of steel being loaded onto a ship bound for Korea fell several metres when a cable snapped, also causing parts of the crane to plummet to the wharf below.

A Bluescope spokesman says two workers received minor injuries, while the crane driver and two other workers were shaken by the incident last Thursday.

He says crane cables are routinely inspected by an independent contractor prior to every job and an investigation is underway.

The incident comes after Port Kembla dock workers walked off the job this week in support of new national safety regulations following the death of a Port Botany worker who was crushed while loading containers on a ship two weeks ago.

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