LT Health & safety

Night Of The Living NIRMs

All sorts of troubling reports are reaching Tubeworker HQ about the depths to which the company is sinking to keep things afloat as our industrial action continues and our overtime ban bites.

One correspondent writes: "During the 8-9 July strike, it's rumoured that one of the 'all singing, all dancing' NIRMs (Network Incident Response Managers) covered a shunter's role despite having no line or geographical knowledge of the location, no technical training, and being an ex-DSM as opposed to ex-DMT or DRM."

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LU locks out drivers for upholding safety standards

A cornered animal can be dangerous. Today, under pressure from our overtime ban, still reeling from our 8-9 July strike and in a palpable panic about our next one, LU lashed out.

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LU cuts corners on safety as overtime ban bites

The extent of LU's reliance on overtime to keep the Tube running is being revealed, as our overtime ban begins to cause serious problems.

Old Street recently became the latest station to close for part of the day due to staff shortages. Tubeworker hears that several other major stations have only avoided closures because managers were parachuted in to make up the numbers.

As Fleet workers uphold the ban, the company is cutting corners with safety critical procedures.

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Euston, We Have A Problem...

A broken pump in a bin room at Euston led to severe flooding and potential health issues for cleaners and station staff due to stagnant standing water.

The contractor responsible for fixing the pump is dragging its feet, citing financial issues. Why can't LU just fix the pump itself through minor works? Yet again, the madness of outsourcing takes its toll on staff.

Tubeworker's advice to cleaners at Euston is: until the situation's sorted, don't use the bin room!

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Tube Snot Syndrome

With 24-hour running on its way (meaning more trains), and with staff (including cleaners) spending more time on platforms, Tubeworker is worried about the effects dust inhalation could be having on our health.

We’ve all experienced "Tube Snot Syndrome": blowing our noses and seeing black muck come out. It’s simply not good for us to be down there breathing that in for sustained periods of time.

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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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