A father of two who lost his right arm after a horrific collision at work asks his employer to publicly accept his responsibilities and apologize so he can start rebuilding his life.
Terry Currie, 45 from Maidstone, suffered life-changing injuries when a freight train collided with the gasoline-powered buggy he was driving over a crossing during a routine shift as as shunting driver for DB Cargo.
This happened in 2018 at the Dollands Moor freight yard in Folkestone.
Mr Currie, who was due to marry his fiancee Maxine shortly after the crash, attempted to jump out of the vehicle to avoid the head-on collision but was dragged more than 20 meters after the collision.
At Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on March 22, the Doncaster-based company was fined £ 200,000 after an Office of Rail and Road (ORR) investigation found that freight operator no ‘had failed to protect its workers, by not providing a safe way to cross. rail tracks.
The prosecution found that the tunnels under the tracks had fallen into disrepair, one closed and the other unusable due to faulty lighting, so drivers were forced to cross the tracks at one crossing. level, without proper signaling to alert them of oncoming trains.
Since the incident Mr Currie has undergone intensive rehabilitation and will need serious care for the rest of his life, including specialized prosthetics which cost over £ 100,000 to install and maintain.
Mr Currie said: “My life will never be the same after the accident. The past two years have been difficult to come to terms with and it is not lost on me that I am incredibly lucky to be alive.
“You don’t realize how losing your arm affects simple things like playing with my kids, camping, cycling and soccer. I honestly cannot thank my fiancee Maxine and our two young children for the strength and support they have given me since the accident.
He added: “We have been asked to work in incredibly dangerous conditions for years and my accident could easily have been avoided.
“Although DB Cargo has provided support in terms of rehabilitation, it must accept responsibility for the permanent damage that its negligence has caused to my life, and it should bear the full cost of my recovery.
An avid footballer, Mr. Currie has played in a local six-a-side league and is an avid cyclist in his spare time.
“… my accident could easily have been avoided.”
Prior to joining DB Cargo, the UK’s largest freight operator, he had over five years of rail industry experience working for contractors employed by Network Rail.
Lawyers representing Mr. Currie say “systemic failures” lead to this horrific incident that must be taken into account.
Trevor Sterling, Partner and Major Injury Manager at Moore Barlow Law Firm, said: “The serious failures of DB Cargo and the lack of proper safety measures meant that an accident at this yard was inevitable.
“The corners were severely cut, and that ultimately led to Terry’s horrible accident.
“DB Cargo must be held accountable for the terrible consequences of their fault and can learn the lessons that will prevent this from happening again.
“But the failures of this endeavor should not be viewed in isolation.
“There is a systemic safety issue in the freight industry, government cuts mean underfunded regulators cannot oversee and properly enforce the appropriate standards.”
A spokesperson for DB Cargo UK said: “The safety of our employees, other rail users and the general public is of utmost importance to DB Cargo UK.
“Although deeply regrettable, this was a unique and isolated incident and voluntary action was immediately taken by the company to stop using all strollers at Dollands Moor.
“Site risk assessments and safe working systems have been reviewed and all operators have received appropriate refresher training.”
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