Inquest: Rail worker death 'accidental'

A coroner's ruled the death of a rail worker killed in Essex, as 'accidental'.

Malcolm Slater died in hospital after suffering spinal injuries when a piece of lifting equipment crashed 15ft to the ground onto him.

The 64 year old from Harold Wood had been fixing overhead power lines when it happened in Margaretting in June 2008 - two other men were also hurt.

The coroner at his inquest has also made safety recommendations to a watchdog, after hearing the piece of equipment, which fell on him, was 'poorly' welded.

The inquest heard Network Rail had made a series of improvements following the accident.

An Office of Rail Regulation spokesperson said: "The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) would like to offer its condolences to the family of Malcolm Slater following this tragic accident in June 2008.

"ORR notes the jury's verdict. We will now conclude our investigation to determine whether any action needs to be taken against any person or company for health and safety offences arising from the incident."