Trains are ideal for travelling long journeys in a relatively short amount of time. However, they are not without their potential dangers. Indeed, the dangers of train stations are many and varied. The good news is, those who are responsible for running and maintaining the stations place safety at the very top of their list of essential things to deal with. As such, the vast majority of train stations are exceptionally safe.
Are you aware of these potential dangers?
- Live rails. This applies on the Underground, where a live rail delivers power to the trains. If you were to fall on that rail, you could be killed.
- Overcrowding. Sometimes – particularly during rush hour – access to a station may be deliberately and temporarily limited, in order to make sure overcrowding does not occur.
- Slips. With lots of people passing through a station every hour, there is the potential for food and drink to be spilled. If this happens and it is not cleared up in a timely manner, you could slip over on it and hurt yourself.
- Trips. Potential hazards can include kerbs, dropped rubbish, luggage and other similar items. Clear signage and bright yellow paint used on the ground to highlight a difference in ground level, for example, can help reduce the risks.
- Speeding trains. If you are not at a station at the end of the line, you may experience trains rushing past when they do not stop at the station you are at. Standing well back from the edge of the platform means you will be at far less risk of being struck by the train as it passes.
Have you had an accident at a train station?
If you have, and if it took place within the last three years, you could be entitled to compensation. In order for this to be possible, you must prove that negligence on the part of a third party was to blame for what happened. If this sounds complex, don’t worry. Accident Advice Helpline may be able to provide the service you need. Call now on 0800 689 0500 and see whether you have the evidence you need to launch a no win, no fee claim. Our lawyers are standing by and we could pass your details on to one of them to take things further if at all possible.
Date Published: April 19, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead