Warren Street assault: we need action on workplace safety

Posted in Tubeworker's blog on Thu, 20/08/2020 - 08:34,
Warren Street London Underground roundel

Friday 14 August saw a vicious assault by a member of the public against station staff at Warren Street. The incident almost exactly mirrored an incident at West Ham in September 2019, where assailants attacked staff after kicking their way into the station control room.

LU has emphasised the expansion of its Body Worn Video programme in response. This is simply inadequate. Whilst some staff feel BWV is a useful deterrent, others are less comfortable using it, and we shouldn't have to rely on it to feel safe.

We need increased staffing levels on all stations, and proper technical fixes to ensure places of safety, such as station control rooms and mess rooms, can't be accessed by someone simply kicking their way in.

It's utterly disgraceful that the lessons of West Ham haven't been learned, and more station staff have been put in harm's way as a result.

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