According to Network Rail, three million people in the UK use the train on any given day. Many people commute by train, while others use train services to get around the country, see the sights and visit friends and relatives.
While train station accidents are fairly uncommon, your local train station may be harbouring some hidden slip, trip or fall hazards and unexpected dangers.
Possible train station accidents
Here are five possible accidents that may happen at a train station:
- Slipping on a wet floor: Slips and trips are among the most common types of public place accident and in a station, where people are hurrying to catch a train, carrying hot drinks and trying to negotiate staircases while holding heavy bags, accidents are bound to happen. If you’re at the station, give yourself plenty of time, wear sensible footwear and try not to rush.
- Burns and scalds: Train stations can be very hectic and if you accidentally bump into somebody who’s tucking into a hot sandwich or enjoying a coffee, you may end up with burns and scalds. Try not to run and ensure you have time to make it to your train; if you’re eating or drinking, take extra care and give other passengers room.
- Falling down stairs: If you’re struggling for time, you’ve got a suitcase to carry or it’s wet or icy, staircases can be extremely treacherous and falls in public places are very common, especially in the winter months. Try to slow down, take the lift if you have heavy bags and take extra care if it is wet or slippery; avoid wearing shoes that have no grip.
- Falling onto the platform: There’s a warning line on every platform to alert travellers to the potential dangers of standing too close to the platform, but if you get distracted, you slip or you accidentally drop something, this can increase the risk of an accident. Keep well back from the platform edge, watch where you are going and avoid going down into the tracks, even if you drop something. Alert the guard and they will sort it out when it is safe to do so.
- Escalator accidents: You may think that escalators are a fairly straightforward mode of transporting you from A to B, but they are actually common sites of accidents. Trips and slips are rife, some people fall off the end because they’re not paying attention and there’s a risk of public place injuries when you bump into other people when trying to rush up the side. If you’re using the escalator, take it slow and pay attention to the warning and advice signs.
Claiming for train station accidents
If you’ve had an accident in a public place, such as the local train station, and you were not at fault, call one of our professional Accident Advice Helpline advisers on 0800 689 0500 to find out about pursuing public place injury compensation.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice