Situated many meters underground, London’s tube is a large network of trains connecting all the different areas of London without getting stuck in the rush hour traffic on the roads. It is a very popular method of transportation around London which means it can get very busy which can quite easily lead to slips, trips and falls.
Due to the stations being underground and because of the sheer traffic of commuters the areas can get very hot and in the summer it can become unbearable so there are certain precautions you have to take to avoid such injuries as slips, trips and falls.
How can a slip, trip or fall occur from the heat of the underground?
When people get hot they often become tired and restless. This can lead to a loss in concentration which can easily lead to having a slip, trip or fall either down the stairs or simply tripping over other people and their luggage.
As well as this, the heat of the tube added to the heat of summer can often make commuters dehydrated which can lead to feeling unwell. This would make you a lot less aware of where you were walking thus leading to a potential fall injury.
How to avoid a trip or fall injury in the heat
One key thing to remember when travelling on the tube in the summer is to always carry a bottle of water with you and drink regularly. If you are dehydrated a slip, trip or fall could be the least of your worries if it is severe. If you do become dehydrated or start feeling ill whilst on the tube get off the next station and inform a member of staff who can aid you in getting the help you need.
Another way of avoiding a slip, trip or fall in the heat is to avoid travelling in peak time. This will mean there will be less commuters and it will be easier to manoeuvre around the stations. However, if you have to travel when everyone else does then make sure you are well rested so you can stay alert and focussed on where you are walking. This will greatly reduce the risk of sustaining a trip injury through temporary loss of concentration.
Speak to Accident Advice Helpline today to find out about making a slip, trip or fall claim in a public place. Give our 24/7 helpline a call on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice