Thousands of people use trains to get to and from work and travel up and down the country every day. While train accidents are uncommon, travelling by train does carry risks and it’s best to be aware of health and safety measures to prevent slips, trips and falls and ensure you can complete your journey without any injuries.
By heeding simple rules during rail travel, such as standing behind the yellow line on platforms, you can minimise the risk of travel-related accidents.
Health and safety on the platform
Railway stations can be hazardous places, especially at peak times and when the weather is unpredictable. If you’re travelling by train, here are some tips to steer clear of public place injuries:
- plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time to avoid rushing
- watch out for slippery floors
- look out for warning signs
- always stay behind the yellow line on the platform
- wear suitable footwear
- take care when going up and down stairs
Why do people breach the yellow line on the platform?
We’ve all seen them, but a large number of people would admit to ignoring the bright yellow warning lines on train platforms. These lines are there for a reason; they help to keep people back and reduce the risk of accidents in public places, such as train stations and metro and underground stops. Trains travel at high speeds and are particularly dangerous when they are flying through the station, rather than stopping; if this is the case, the power generated by the passing train could be sufficient to drag objects and even people onto the railway. If you’re waiting for a train, stand well back from the platform and wait until the train has stopped completely and the doors have opened before you climb aboard.
Claiming compensation for an accident at the train station
If you’ve been injured in a public place, such as a railway station, you may be thinking about claiming public liability compensation. If your injuries were sustained in an accident which was not your fault, and you have evidence to support this stance, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to secure a compensation payout.
Compensation is provided for those who have been injured through no fault of their own; it would not be given out to somebody who was injured by a passing train while standing over the yellow line on the platform, for example. If you think you have a valid personal injury claim, call our 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 or take the 30-second eligibility test on our website.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice