Commentary on the state of modern Britain, plus the occasional gem about what I would do to fix it
Sunday, 8 September 2013
Suspended for saving a life
The emergency services aren't too bothered about letting people die when the Health and Safety manual indicates that they should do this. But a naughty railway employee clearly isn't up to date with the rules -
"A railway worker who rescued a disabled woman after she fell onto train tracks in Essex has been suspended for breaking health and safety rules. The unnamed worker, believed to be a security guard in his 60s, was one of four people who rescued the wheelchair user after she fell off the platform edge at Southend Central station on 28 August. She was rescued from the track before the next train arrived at the station. A spokesman for train company c2c confirmed that a member of staff had been suspended pending an investigation. He [said] 'We have strict rules regarding the safety procedure for the quickest way of stopping trains in an emergency.'"
The woman fell from the platform five minutes before a train was due to arrive. So if you ever see a manager of c2c fall off a platform as a train approaches, remember to look up the manual. (Thanks to James for the link.)