LT Health & safety

Wot No Formal Investigation?

Tubeworker is beginning to wonder just how major an incident has to be before Central Line management will carry out a formal investigation.

Tree falling by the line and damaging trains? Nah. Tunnel roof falling in? Nah. Stabbing causing serious injuries? Nah.

Management seem to think that all these can be dealt with by local reports or 'workshops'. Perhaps that makes it easier for them to gloss over their own failings and blame staff? Without a formal investigation, who knows?

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Wot No Formal Investigation?

Tubeworker is beginning to wonder just how major an incident has to be before Central Line management will carry out a formal investigation.

Tree falling by the line and damaging trains? Nah. Tunnel roof falling in? Nah. Stabbing causing serious injuries? Nah.

Management seem to think that all these can be dealt with by local reports or 'workshops'. Perhaps that makes it easier for them to gloss over their own failings and blame staff? Without a formal investigation, who knows?

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Get Sick, Get Sacked?

Two recent cases of what might well amount to disability discrimination have shed further light on how LU treats its staff.

Two workers "failed" their probations, both due to attendance issues related to serious physical conditions. (Read more here.)

Behind empty phrases about its "duty of care" and commitment to equal opportunities, the fact is that LU treats sickness punitively. It punishes us for getting ill.

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Mind The Gap

According to stats dug out by a Freedom of Information request, PTI incidents have been increasing at such a rate that there were five times as many in 2014 than in 2003. The number of incidents rose every year between these two.

On what planet is the appropriate response to this to cut station staffing?!

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Drivers Refuse Unsafe Picc Trains

TfL's website claims a "temporary shortage of train operators" has caused a part suspension and severe delays on the Piccadilly line. What it doesn't tell readers is that this is because drivers are refusing to operate trains following a door opening on a train travelling through the tunnel under Heathrow airport.

After yesterday's incident, management could have made strenuous efforts to resolve the problem and verify that the fleet is safe. But no.

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Engineers: Vote Yes for Strikes!

Engineers in the RMT are currently taking part in two strike ballots, both concluding on 28 January.

TubeLines staff are being balloted for strikes over pay. Reps overwhelmingly rejected a settlement (which also covers proposed pay and terms conditions arrangements for the proposed "Night Tube") that was equivalent to the deal offered to LU staff, which unions have also rejected.

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Oblique Images, Obtuse Management Response

On crowded platforms, it can be hard for the train driver to see the "Platform Train Interface", particularly on a curved platform. This is what LUL calls an "oblique image" - where people on the platform block the driver's view of the PTI. We'd call it a blind spot.

There are dozens of these all over the Tube, posing a serious safety risk to passengers. Some of the worst locations have been given additional station staff support from the Special Requirements Team so CSAs on the platform can assist drivers. But this isn't a "special" requirement - it's a permanent one!

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Let Us Breathe!

An ISS cleaner has contracted a serious illness, which union health and safety reps believe may be linked to the cleaning chemicals they use. They are demanding workers be issued with proper respirator masks rather than the particle masks they are currently given.

To add insult to (serious) injury, ISS are only paying the work Statutory Sick Pay of £90, despite their critical condition.

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Fix The Roof!

At Harrow and Wealdstone recently, a huge piece of the ceiling in the ticket hall collapsed, along with one of the lamps. Luckily, this happened at 4am and nobody was hurt. Just a few weeks ago, a piece of the ceiling in the cleaners' mess room also collapsed. Again, fortunately, no-one was hurt.

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