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Volume 51 Number 5, February 13, 2021 ARCHIVE HOME JBCENTRE SUBSCRIBE

Make Work Safe

No More Deaths! Railway Worker Killed While Working on Track

Photo of Tyler Byrne which was released by the family

Tyler Byrne, a railway track worker from Aldershot, died after being struck by a train in south-west London. Emergency services were called to Surbiton railway station on South Western Railway (SWR) shortly before midday on Tuesday, February 9. Tyler Byrne, who was 30 and worked for Network Rail, was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other workers who were nearby are not thought to have been hurt. Workers' Weekly expresses its sincerest condolences to Tyler's family, friends and fellow-workers.

British Transport Police (BTP) said that its officers were working with the Office of Rail and Road and the Rail Accident Investigation Branch to establish the full circumstances behind Tyler Byrne's death. The incident happened between Surbiton and Weybridge and it is understood that Tyler was working on the tracks at the time.

The TSSA union general secretary Manuel Cortes said: "Any loss of life on our railways is a tragedy. It would be wrong to speculate at this time about what has gone wrong, but a full and thorough investigation must take place, so lessons can be learned. Our union has been warning Network Rail about the alarming number of near misses and fatalities we have seen over the past year.

"Our Network Rail members do so much to keep our railways running smoothly day in day out and must be able to do this in a safe environment. Our union will never compromise on safety, and safety can never be taken for granted. It is simply not acceptable in this day and age that people go out to work and end up losing their lives."


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