While living next to an overground rail track has its benefits for commuting, it can be dangerous. If you live close to an overground line, here are some tips to help you to stay safe and avoid injuries caused by accidents, such as slips, trips and falls.
Living next to an overground rail track: How to stay safe
If you are living next to an overground rail track, it’s wise to be wary of the risks involved with trains and tracks. Here are some pointers to help you avoid injury:
- keep to the designated areas and follow safety notices and signs
- keep well back from the platform edge
- avoid rushing, especially when the weather is bad, as this increases the risk of slip and trip injuries
- take extra care at peak times when stations and trains tend to be very busy and crowded
- wait for people to get off the train before you try and embark
- wear suitable footwear to reduce the risk of slips and trips
- keep away from the track at all times and never attempt to cross the line
- look out for hazards at the station, such as litter, luggage and spillages
- pay attention to level crossings and never attempt to drive or walk across the line when the barriers are closing and the alarm bells are ringing
Can I claim compensation for an accident at an overground station?
Organisations that run stations are required to follow stringent health and safety measures in order to protect members of the public and prevent public place accidents. If you’ve been injured in a public place, such as a train station, and you feel that that accident was caused by negligence on the part of the station management, you may have a case for public place accident compensation. The incident must have happened within the last 3 years and you must be able to prove that you were not to blame for your injuries.
In order to find out more about claiming slip, trip or fall compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline today to talk to our experienced advisors; the lines are open 24 hours a day and we operate on a no win, no fee* basis. Call 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile or visit the website to take the 30-second eligibility test.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown