Train sta­tion in­juries ‘were pre­ventable’

Fi­nal checks on doors are ‘an ab­so­lute ne­ces­sity’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger

AN in­ci­dent at Hayes and Harlington Rail Sta­tion where a woman was dragged 20 me­tres along the plat­form with her hand caught in the door could have been avoided, an ac­ci­dent re­port has found.

The woman suf­fered head, hand and back in­juries when she was dragged along the plat­form, lost her foot­ing and fell af­ter she be­came trapped in a clos­ing door, ac­cord­ing to a Rail Ac­ci­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch (RAIB) doc­u­ment, re­leased on Thurs­day June 30.

The ac­ci­dent hap­pened on July 25 last year af­ter the woman de­lib­er­ately placed her hand in the clos­ing door, hop­ing they would open and al­low her to board.

Chief in­spec­tor of rail ac­ci­dents at RAIB, Si­mon French, said: “We is­sued ur­gent safety ad­vice on Novem­ber 30 2015, re­mind­ing train op­er­at­ing com­pa­nies and their staff of the ab­so­lute ne­ces­sity of car­ry­ing out the fi­nal check af­ter the doors are closed, to con­firm that no­body is trapped in the doors or too close to the train.”

A man was killed ear­lier this week at Feltham sta­tion af­ter be­ing struck by a train.

The re­port stated that the driver ei­ther did not make a fi­nal check that it was safe to de­part, or did not check suf­fi­ciently enough for him to spot the trapped pas­sen­ger.

It added that the driver may have also be­lieve it was safe to de­part be­cause a ‘door in­ter­lock light’ had come on in his in­di­cat­ing doors closed and locked.

But the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the ac­ci­dent found that rail staff mis­tak­enly be­lieved that a tapped hand would stop the light from il­lu­mi­nat­ing.

Mr French also high­lighted three ‘im­por­tant safety lessons’ from the in­ci­dent – train doors can trap peo­ple and ob­jects and door in­ter­locks may not de­tect their pres­ence, it can be dif­fi­cult for pas­sen­gers to re­move trapped ob­jects, and staff must al­ways per­form a thor­ough fi­nal safety check.

Unions used the dra­matic im­ages of the woman be­ing dragged along the plat­form dur­ing strikes ear­lier this year.

The Gazette has ap­proached train op­er­a­tor First Great Western for com­ment. cab, were

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