03/02/2014 Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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safety precautions for thousands of casual rail workers. Paul Murphy

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reports. This is an industry which, by its

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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longer expect safety`critical workers to be employed by agency

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

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

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

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

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

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unable to comment on specific questions or issues related to

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Trained negotiators persuaded the suspect to come out peacefully.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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the list of reasons to not necessarily keep your child off

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

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disease, and tonsillitis. Especially conjunctivitis is very contagious,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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research shows it can affect academic achievement. The local

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authority hopes these latest guidelines will help parents think

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

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

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Here's Paul Hudson with the forecast.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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February averages of seven degrees Celsius. Very unsettled on

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

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

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forecast. That's all from the late team.

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

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

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on your local forecast there

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