Train crush tragedy: North Yorkshire Moors Railway vows to learn from Robert Lund's death
A RAIL company has vowed to learn lessons from the death of a former policeman.
Robert Lund, 65, of Beverley, died when he was crushed between two carriages while working as a volunteer guard at Grosmont Station.
Speaking on the internal investigation, held by North Yorkshire Moors Railway with the support of independent members from Network Rail and National Rail, Philip Benham, general manager, said: "The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is determined to learn not just the immediate lessons from this tragedy but also any wider messages about how we can further improve the safety of our operations as a whole.
"The accident occurred when the locomotive detaching a coach from other coaching stock suddenly changed direction from reverse to forward gear, causing movement back towards the remaining vehicles trapping the guard.
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"Arising from their independent investigation, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch has issued an Urgent Safety Advice, drawing attention to the risks of unplanned change of direction if the locomotive reverser is not properly secured by the locking advice.
"In addition, the rules in relation to shunting are being amplified to provide additional safety measures when staff have to go in-between vehicles during the attachment and detachment."
More than four hundred people attended Mr Lund's funeral last Friday, including friends, family and colleagues from his distinguished 30-year career with Humberside Police.