Metronet fined more than £14,000 after contractor injured

Metronet Rail, the company responsible for the maintenance of one London’s busiest Underground Stations, has been fined almost £15,000 after a worker became trapped in an escalator.

TheMetronet Rail, the company responsible for the maintenance of one London’s busiest Underground Stations, has been fined almost £15,000 after a worker became trapped in an escalator.

The company was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of almost £10,000 at the City of London Magistrates’ Court yesterday after a contract cleaner sustained a serious leg injury at Oxford Circus station.

Dennis Louisy was trapped in a hole in an escalator for 45 minutes following an accident during a cleaning operation.

Metronet pleaded guilty to a single charge of breaching section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974, which covers an employer’s responsibility to protect contractors from risk.

The Health and Safety Executive’s HM Railway Inspectorate (HMRI) investigated the incident.

John Gardner, from HMRI, said: “Establishing a safe system of work based on a suitable and sufficient risk assessment is key to managing the dangers associated with hazardous work activities.” 

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