LT Health & safety

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.

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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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Major safety incident at Mile End

On Saturday 26 July, the Central Line was suspended after masonry fell on the track at Mile End.

Yep, that's right, masonry. Large, heavy, blocks of concrete. There is some indication the incident was caused by vibration from work being done on the track.

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Radio Taxis, the company LU uses for the staff taxi network, lost their dispatch system on Good Friday after Virgin Media cut through a cable. We had to wait up to 90 minutes for the taxi if we didn't have another way of getting home. The last thing we needed at the end of a shift on a bank holiday weekend!

For all the money LU pays to Radio Taxis, the system is unreliable. Have you ever been stuck on a Saturday night or Christmas Eve simply because cab drivers refuse the work until they can get more money? This hasn't been helped by LU cutting the price it offers for jobs.

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