Tuesday, July 27, 1999 Published at 13:49 GMT 14:49 UK
Paying the price of safety failures
Six people died when a ferry walkway collapsed in 1994
The £1.5m fine for the Southall rail crash is the biggest yet for a breach of health and safety laws against a single company.
The largest payout followed the collapse of a ferry passenger walkway, which led to a fine of £1.7m under health and safety legislation.
Four companies shared the fine in 1997 after six people died and seven were injured, when the walkway fell apart at Port Ramsgate, Kent in 1994.
The previous highest fine for a single company was £1.2m, imposed on Balfour Beatty earlier this year after three tunnels collapsed during the building of the Heathrow Express railway link in 1994.
No-one was injured in the incident at Heathrow Airport, but Austrian firm Geoconsult was also fined £500,000.
Other large fines include: