Network Rail launches taskforce into track worker safety following Port Talbot deaths

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Network Rail has launched a task force seeking to improve track-worker safety following the deaths of two workers in Port Talbot last week. The task force has secured £70 million in funding and has announced plans to design and develop new protection and warning systems to warn workers of approaching trains. The task force intends to reform the planning of track-side work, particularly their briefings to workers before they begin working on rail tracks. A fatigue improvement program has also been proposed to aid worker alertness. The task force will work in partnership with groups such as the Office of Rail and Road, trades unions and contractors.

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