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confiscated and destroyed, well, that must be galling. Will Gompertz,


Good evening. A rail worker who was hit by a train


in Saxilby near Lincoln died as a result of a string of broken and


ignored safety procedures. That was the finding of a Rail Accident


Investigation Branch report into the death of 26`year`old Scott Dobson,


who was killed in December 2012. It adds to concerns about the lack of


safety precautions for thousands of casual rail workers. Paul Murphy


reports. This is an industry which, by its


very nature, is hazardous. But is safety taken seriously enough? It is


December 2012, early in the afternoon on a railway line near


Saxilby in Lincolnshire. A gang of workers are repairing the track. One


of the workers steps back just as a train is passing. He doesn't


survive. Network Rail called the death of Scott Dobson a watershed


moment, and promised new safety rules. Scott had been hired that day


by an agency. Many in the industry say safety is compromised by the use


of such casual staff. We have spoken to track workers who have done


casual shifts for renewals companies across the North of England. They


tell us bad safety practices are widespread. I lost work with one


client, one agency, for a year because I wouldn't do work that


wasn't safe. More than a year on, Scott's family still has questions


about the safety of the gang on that day at Saxilby. Why were they there


when they knew, all that gang, that somebody would have been in danger?


81,000 people are registered to work on railway. Only a quarter of them


are Network Rail staff. Scott Dobson's death has forced the


company to rethink the way they manage this workforce. We will no


longer expect safety`critical workers to be employed by agency


contracts. They will only be employed by Network Rail or our


principal contractors. We need to make sure this is the last fatality,


and we will make sure any changes to ensure that is the case. Scott had


been hired that day by a recruitment company called sky`blue, a


subsidiary of the engineering giant Carillion. They tell us they are


unable to comment on specific questions or issues related to


Scott's death until after an inquest and further enquiry. They do however


say that they go to great lengths to ensure their workforce know they can


raise safety concerns, and that these will be acted upon. Since the


incident, they say, they have gone beyond industry standards to put in


place new safety procedures. Network Rail has said that by September,


many of its new safety reforms will be in place ` too late for Scott's


family, but aimed at preventing a repeat of the terrible events which


took his life. Paul is out on the rail network this


evening. Paul, do you think there will be genuine safety improvements


as a result of Scott Dobson's death? The who you talk to. It is the view


of the union that there are still far too many casual staff working on


our Railways, still too many short`term contracts. Not enough


emphasis on health and safety on the job, or run the Railways. The


current `` company could not disagree more. They say that his


death was a watershed moment, that they have reviewed all of their


procedures. Their permanent members of staff are now in charge of safety


when it comes to track renewal jobs, and they are hoping and doing


everything they can to prevent this happening again. Thank you.


A 33`year`old man's been arrested after armed police cordoned off a


Lincolnshire village. An armed response unit was sent to the High


Street in Ruskington after reports of an armed man inside a flat.


Trained negotiators persuaded the suspect to come out peacefully.


Parents in East Yorkshire are being told that their children could still


attend school, even if they have an infectious illness. Conjunctivitis,


tonsillitis and hand, foot and mouth are classed as "minor ailments" in a


leaflet being made available across the county. Caroline Bilton reports.


They can't be happy and healthy all the time ` but on the days when


they're sick, should they be here? In the East Riding of Yorkshire,


parents have been given this leaflet to help them make that decision. In


the list of reasons to not necessarily keep your child off


school are contagious diseases like conjunctivitis, hand, foot and mouth


disease, and tonsillitis. Especially conjunctivitis is very contagious,


particularly the viral form, like pink eye. If you have a an outbreak


of that in school, it is nasty. It can last ten days or a week. But


last year in secondary schools in England, 55% of authorised absences


were due to illness. In the East Riding, that figure was 60% ` the


second`highest in the country. The local authority says it's acting on


advice from both the government and the NHS. The decision about sending


a child to school remains with parents. We're not saying anything


other than that. We want parents to use their intuition and judgement


and common sense, because parents know their children best. Do you


want a child with tonsillitis in the classroom? Obviously not. We have a


duty of care to our staff and the other children at the school. We


have a balancing act to do. We want children to maximise their time in


school, and we don't want them to be here when they are infectious. My


elder daughter suffers with earache quite a bit. I just think they are


best off at home. ?? YELLOW You stay at home, nip it in the bud ` that's


the end of it. If it is contagious, obviously, then the child should


stay off to stop it spreading. Other than that, if they can keep going,


it is best for them to do that. It may be just a day off here and


there, but they do add up over a child's entire school life, and


research shows it can affect academic achievement. The local


authority hopes these latest guidelines will help parents think


twice before keeping their child off school. Caroline Bilton, BBC Look


North. Let's get a look at the weather now.


Here's Paul Hudson with the forecast.


It is fine at the moment, but rain is on the way. Tomorrow should


brighten up quite nicely with some sunshine. In the early hours of the


morning, the rain will move into western areas. It won't give a great


deal of rain. It could still be hanging around towards the coast by


the end of the night. Temperatures down to three degrees. Perhaps a


damp start, particularly towards the Yorkshire coastline. The rain soon


clears and brightens up with some sunshine, and just one or two


showers. All in all, not a bad day. Temperatures close to the early


February averages of seven degrees Celsius. Very unsettled on


Wednesday. Showers or longer spots of rain. It improves again on


Thursday. Fine and some sunshine. Just one or two showers. That is the


forecast. That's all from the late team.


Newsnight is on BBC Two with a story of a spokesman who they kidnap gang


in Pakistan. That is all. Goodbye. Good evening. As you have just heard


on your local forecast there


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