Accidents at railway platforms are on the rise, according to latest figures, with slips and trips becoming increasingly common.
A safety report from the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) reveals casualty numbers on platforms, including accidents getting on and off trains, jumped in 2013/14.
There were a total of four deaths and more than 1,250 injuries in platform accidents during the 12-month period.
The ORR claims rising passenger numbers are putting increasing pressure on the rail industry.
Managing crowd congestion is therefore a major challenge on stations and platforms, particularly during service disruptions and temporary construction works.
The four deaths in 2013/14 all involved falls from the platform edge on to the track when a train was coming in.
Other incidents included passengers struck by arriving trains, slips, trips and falls, as well as incidents on stairs, escalators and at the platform edge.
There were also three track worker deaths during the year, with injuries to workers
rising to their highest level in seven years, while the number of SPADs (signals passed at danger) rose by as much as 17%.
Despite the figures, however, the UK’s railways continue to report one of the best safety records in Europe, particularly for passengers on trains and at level crossings, although the ORR insists there is no room for complacency.
Making a railway injury claim
You can make a claim for railway injury compensation if you’ve suffered injuries as a result of defects in the trains, slippery surfaces resulting in trips or slips, either on the platform or the train itself, food poisoning and falling objects.
You can also seek personal injury compensation if you’re been injured in a train crash.
Accident Advice Helpline is available to offer all the advice and support you need when making a claim. To discuss your potential claim with a member of their expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: July 24, 2014
Author: David Brown