London is famed for its extensive underground network, but it also boasts an impressive overground rail system. Travelling by tube or overground train is a fast, effective and inexpensive way to get around London, get to work or see the sights, but there are risks involved. Here are five tips to help you stay safe and avoid injuries and accidents, such as slips, trips and falls when travelling on the London overground:
- Avoid rushing: When you’re rushing around, you are statistically much more likely to slip or trip, so slow down and give yourself time to get to the station and find the right platform.
- Stand clear of the platform edge: Passing trains travel very quickly and if you’re standing too close to the edge, this can result in injuries. Stay behind the yellow line and listen out for announcements about incoming services.
- Take care when using escalators and walking up and down stairs: Falling down the stairs is one of the most common types of public place accident, so take care, watch where you’re going, avoid texting or talking on the phone and try to wear suitable footwear. Look out for obstructions, such as bags, umbrellas and litter and take your time.
- Watch out for spillages: Many people rush around stations carrying hot food and drinks and spillages are fairly common. When you’re walking around the station, look out for wet surfaces and warning signs and report any spillages, which have not yet been cleared up, to the nearest member of staff. If you slip in a public place and you were not to blame, you may have a case for public liability compensation.
- Take care when climbing onto the train and finding a seat: There is often a step up onto the train, so be careful, especially if you have luggage. Find a seat and store your luggage safely. Watch out for litter and bags in the aisles and rips or tears on seat upholstery, which cause public place injuries, such as lacerations.
If you’ve been injured in a public place, such as an overground station or you’ve been involved in a train accident and you can prove that somebody else’s negligence was to blame, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out more about making a no win, no fee* claim for public place injury compensation.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice