Management Leave Section 12 Station without Supervisor

Posted in Tubeworker's blog on Mon, 17/08/2009 - 08:39,

A shocking incident on the Victoria line on 10 August shows just how reckless management are getting with our and our passengers' safety.

After a report of a loud banging noise between Tottenham Hale and Blackhorse Road northbound, the controller asked the Tottenham Hale Station Supervisor to ride on the next northbound and check the area.

Obviously, as Tottenham Hale is Section 12, this would mean either getting a stand-in Supervisor, or closing the station. But oh no - enter a fearless DSM, who reckoned that a Section 12 station could be left with no Supervisor on duty, with a CSA sat in the control room.

The dangers are clear eg. a fire, with no-one on duty qualified to carry out an evacuation. Tottenham Hale is undergoing a major escalator refurb at the moment. And leaving a Section 12 station with no Supervisor is not just dangerous but illegal.

Incidents like this are not just one-off slip-ups: they are a snapshot of things to come. Fortunately, nothing disastrous happened on this occasion. But this in itself will become management's excuse to let it happen again and again until it becomes standard practice.

Tubeworker also wonders why the DSM, who was obviously available to issue unsafe instructions, was not available to roll his sleeves up and do the track-checking work himself?!

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