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A QUEENSLAND Rail employee that was fatally hit by a train while on the job at Petrie Station in Brisbane’s north has been named as 64-year-old Robert Knights.
A Queensland Rail employee has died after he was hit by a train at Petrie Station on Brisbane’s north. Picture: Adam ArmstrongQueensland Rail Tram and Bus Union secretary Owen Doogan confirmed Mr Knights, known to his friends as Bob, had been a RTBU member for 32 years.
“Our heart goes out to the family at this difficult time,” Mr Doogan said.
A QR spokeswoman said Mr Knights had been struck by the passenger train “on the approach” to Petrie Station on Monday.
Emergency services were called to the incident about 10.30pm after Mr Knights was hit by the train.
He was rushed to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital with critical injuries where he was declared dead upon arrival.
Mr Doogan said the RTBU would wait for initial investigations reports to come in before the union made a comment regarding the incident.
Queensland Rail chief executive Nick Easy confirmed on Tuesday morning a passenger train was involved in the incident.
“The employee was working as part of a track maintenance team and has sadly passed away,” he said.
A passenger train was involved in the death of a worker at Petrie Station. Picture: Adam Armstrong“I want to express my heartfelt sympathies to the man’s family and friends and Queensland Rail employees who I know will also be devastated by this incident.
“Safety is and will always be our number one priority and we are currently working with investigators, including the Rail Regulator, to examine the cause of this incident.”
Queensland Rail has postponed its planned “Commuter Catch-Up” sessions today due to the tragedy.
The sessions, which would have taken place at Morayfield and Ferny Grove station today and be attended by senior QR staff, are being used to facilitate public feedback.
A QR worker was killed at Petrie Train Station.“Following a tragic incident which occurred on our network last night and in respect, the Morayfield and Ferny Grove Commuter Catch-Up sessions have been postponed this morning,” a QR spokesman said.
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland told The Courier-Mail that it is not the lead agency in the matter.
The Rail Safety Regulator, run by the Department of Transport and Main Roads, is investigating.
It’s understood the Australian Transport Safety Bureau will also investigate the death.
Police will prepare a report for the coroner.
This article first appeared on www.couriermail.com.au
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