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Rail worker fined for safety fib


A RAIL gang supervisor has been fined £2,000 for failing to carry out safety checks then lying to colleagues about his error.

Sittingbourne Magistrates' Court heard how Raynesway worker Jason Grindley had not carried out a CAT scan to check for hidden cables before excavation work started at a rail site in the town.

Mr Grindley also told the site safety controller that the area had been scanned.

During work the gang drove a metal spike through a 33 kV oil-filled cable. Nobody was injured.

Health and Safety Executive rail inspector Paul Appleton said: 'What makes this case so serious is that Mr Grindley not only failed to do the CAT scan, he misled others by telling them that he had.'