LT Health & safety

No place of safety? Don’t work!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 11/05/2018 - 14:21

Management at Edgware Road on the Bakerloo have come up with the bright idea of stationing a solitary CSA downstairs by the lifts to deter passengers from entering via the exit side.

Only problem is, there’s no place of safety down there, and the duty hasn’t been risk assessed.

Tubeworker reminds readers that we have the right to refuse to carry out unsafe work. A place of safety is your right.

Wot No Station Closure?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 20/04/2018 - 16:57

When a person was stabbed at Highbury and Islington station a couple of weekends ago, the Police asked for the station to close so they could search for the weapon. No problem, said the station staff, and started the process of closing it. But then the Service Manager got wind of this, and somehow had delusions of authority over the staff on site and ordered the trains - which had already started non-stopping at Highbury - to start stopping there.

Wot No Toilets?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 03/03/2018 - 16:06

Horror stories about the effects of the "Beast from the East" on staff welfare from all over the combine are reaching Tubeworker HQ. One particularly grim tale comes from the north end of the Bakerloo Line, where pipes at several stations froze, leaving staff with no drinking water or toilet facilities.

Workers at Queen's Park had to use the facilities in the train depot next door. Elsewhere, management laid on taxis for staff to travel to neighbouring stations to use toilets.

"We didn't know you were coming..."

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 16/02/2018 - 13:43

The words that many new part time and Night Tube starters were greeted with as they introduced themselves on the stations they had been assigned. After being assured by their trainers that they would go to the stations, meet the AM, speak to Cover Group Support and find out who they would be shadowing. Some were even told they wouldn't be on the system properly until they knew they'd passed all their training, that sorting anything out now would be impossible.

False Alarm?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 19/01/2018 - 00:02

Our unions have been told that the Department for Transport is soon to issue new guidance on the procedure for assessing suspicious items. It will be mandatory to open bags; external visual inspection is no longer enough.

This is all about reducing "lost customer hours". The government must think over-cautious staff are causing too many delays with 'false alarm' security alerts. But isn't it better that we treat security concerns seriously without putting ourselves at risk in the process?

Train prep fight still brewing

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 04/01/2018 - 13:40

Management are still spoiling for a fight over their planned cuts to train prep.

They want to reduce then frequency from 24 to 96 hours, meaning some trains will be running for 3-4 days without having basic safety checks performed.

Unions are discussing the issue with senior bosses. Tubeworker says that if LU doesn’t back down pronto, unions declare a dispute.

Dust Up

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 13/11/2017 - 21:47

One consequence of sharing some stations with other train operating companies is that we get the fallout when their standards slip even lower than ours.

So spare a thought for station staff at Moorgate, Old Street and Highbury & Islington. Great Northern have omitted to clean their tunnels properly for a couple of decades, and the dust has now become a positive nuisance. The good news is that it doesn't - as initially feared - contain asbestos. The less good news is that it contains mould and various other nasty substances.

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