LT Health & safety

Lamped Out

It was something of a shock for Barking drivers when a 7-metre-tall lamppost keeled over in the sidings. It only just missed a driver.

Management didn't appear too concerned, though. They kept the sidings open and didn't even bother checking the other lampposts until the following day.

It transpired that there was a bolt missing from the collapsing post. Perhaps there was a screw loose in management's response too.

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Lancaster Gate horror shows risks

The horrific stabbing of a CSA at Lancaster Gate shows some of the risks we’re exposed to at work every day.

Fortunately, the colleague survived the attack. But with management set on bringing lone working into operation on around 55-60% of stations, we’ll be more exposed and more vulnerable.

Safety for staff and passengers means: properly-staffed stations!

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Are our bosses trying to kill us?

LU has released draft rosters for Archway, Kentish Town, and High Barnet.

It proves what we already suspected: we'll be doing near-constant anti-social shifts. With 900 fewer station staff, fewer of us will be left to provide 24/7 cover across over 260 stations, with disastrous consequences for our health and our lives.

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Who's at fault for assaults?

Tubeworker was pleased to hear that LU's "Golden Rules for Avoiding Conflict at the Gateline" (last updated: 2010) is being redistributed to staff.

This helpful document reminds us all that, if we're assaulted at work, it's essentially our fault, as we must've failed to follow some of the "golden rules".

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Support the firefighters' strike!

From 6pm tonight (31 October), members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will begin a four-day strike, part of their ongoing fight to stop attacks to their pensions.

As fellow public-service workers resisting austerity-driven cuts, London Underground staff should fully support the firefighters' action.

Trade Unions: 

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LU: wake up to our lack of sleep!

An item on LU's intranet entitled "Are we getting enough sleep?" has prompted responses from many of us.

The Intranet tells us LU will use a "Readiband" watch-type tool, which "detects the wearer's quality of sleep and wake periods", to measure the impact of fatigue on the team working on the Bank tunnelling project.

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Dirty Drain

You could be taking a big risk if you take a swig of water in the Waterloo & City line depot.

The site used to be a chemical plant, and it seems that some of the chemicals might have, erm, lingered. In a recent test of the water, it tested positive for nine out of fifteen pollutants.

Yuk. No wonder it's known as 'The Drain'. It doesn't sound safe to work from to us.

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