TfL pledges response to “prevent tragedies” after platform death

Transport for London has pledged to “ensure that we do all we can to prevent tragedies like this from ever happening again”, following the death of a passenger at a London Underground station.

It follows publication of the Rail Accident Investigation Branch report into the accident, which took occurred at Waterloo on May 26 2020.

Jama Mohamed Warsame died after falling into the gap between the northbound Bakerloo Line platform and the train from which he had just alighted. He was unable to free himself and was crushed as the train moved off, before subsequently being struck by a second train entering the station. 

No staff or other passengers were nearby to assist the fallen passenger. And because only his head and arms were above platform level, the driver of his train did not see him on the platform monitors used for despatch.

Subsequently, the Office of Rail and Road issued an improvement notice to London Underground Ltd, as it had “failed to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to the safety of any persons who may fall into the gap between the platform and train at Platform 3, for the purpose of identifying the measures needed to ensure the safe operation of the Bakerloo Line at Waterloo station and implementing the identified measures. 

“London Underground Limited also failed to record the assessment process undertaken and the significant findings of the assessment. They failed to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, the safety of persons not in their employment at the platform-train interface of Platform 3 of the Bakerloo Line at Waterloo Underground station.”

LU complied with the improvement notice before the deadline of December 15 2020.

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