It was shocking and heartbreaking for all of us to hear about the death of a colleague working on the travelator at Waterloo last week. Our thoughts are with his workmates, family and friends.
This shows that even though we are now in the twenty-first century, the railway industry is still a dangerous place to work.
Details have been show to emerge, but we hope that the causes will be thoroughly investigated in order to prevent a recurrence. It is essential that this does not just look at the immediate causes, but at the impact of how this work is organised. There may have been a specific error or fault at the time, but behind that might be issues with staffing levels or training, or with the whole practice of contracting this work out to private companies.