LUL staff are used to management playing fast and loose with safety rules during strikes. Now it seems that Metronet's management have caught on too.
LT Health & safety
Would you take a drink out of this?! Well, management seem to expect Bakerloo drivers to. Who knows what germs lurk within the water dispenser in the notorious Goldfish Bowl (the drivers' step-back room on the platform at the Elephant)?! There is a horrible stink, and the fridge is appalling too.
Barking sidings are so dark as to be unsafe. The measure for lighting levels is such that over 30 is OK, between 20 and 30 requires a risk assessment, less than 20 and the location should close until the problem is rectified. The level at Barking sidings? 4.
Staff on the gateline in the busy station where I work face abuse from customers regularly. It can make you angry, and can get you down after a while. Although we have to learn to deal with it and carry on doing our job, I feel that we should not just 'accept' or grow to 'expect' the abuse. Unfortunately, it sometimes feels hard to know how to deal with it.
When a flashing light that informs drivers of a temporary speed restriction between Euston and Kings Cross stopped working, Euston station initially tried to inform drivers via the service information board near the driver's cab.
It seems that Tubeworker can claim a victory! Why? At the recent Safety Forum, management agreed in principle to bring back Accident Books.
Union reps had originally allowed management to withdraw the books, but after Tubeworker drew attention to the potential problems, they took up the issue and pursued it to the top of the negotiating machinery.
Yesterday's derailment on the Central line was in the same place as another incident just six weeks ago.
It appears that there has been an increase in PTI incidents, which is especially worrying since the PTI is already the most dangerous place on the Underground.
The reasons? Management's insightful initial response is that "the main issues seemed to be customers getting caught in the doors and falling while getting on/off trains." Well yes, but customers have been falling and getting caught for many years, and this observation does nothing to explain why the number of incidents has increased.
On the East End of the District Line the safety of staff and passengers are being put at risk to save money on Overtime. We at Tubeworker do not support the principle of overtime - we would rather there were enough staff to cover any eventuality. That said, LUL management have left us desperately short of cover staff so overtime has become a necessity to safely cover stations.
The DLR area at Bank has a constant problem with mice - which we could just about live with, so long as the pest control contractor removed the dead bodies within a few hours of the trap catching them. But if, say, a couple of mice are caught at the weekend, and the contractor doesn't actually turn up to remove them until the following Friday, then the stench becomes terrible, and we don't like to think of the germs that are multiplying and spreading around.