LT Health & safety

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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"Crime" down but assaults are up

LU's employee communications have implied we should feel grateful that it is bothering to get extra police for Night Tube at a time when "crime on LU is at an all-time low".

LU is on another planet! "Low crime" is no comfort when assaults on Tube staff have increased by 44% and sexual assaults on passengers have risen by over 30% in the last year.

LU cannot continue to dismiss our concerns for personal and passenger safety surrounding Night Tube.

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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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