Track worker hit by London Underground train
A track worker was hospitalized earlier this month after being hit by a London Underground train, it has been confirmed.
The worker suffered non-life-threatening injuries from the collision, which took place near Chalfont and Latimer station on the Metropolitan line.
The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has launched an investigation into the incident.
The train was traveling at around 25 mph at the time of the April 15 crash.
The worker was part of a group of three employees conducting a scheduled track inspection. This was to take place while the lines were open to traffic and with a working system in place to keep staff away from moving trains.
The RAIB investigation aims to identify the sequence of events that led to the accident and will take into account:
- The actions of the persons concerned
- The planned working system
- Arrangements in place to schedule work where lines were open to traffic
- Management of track worker skills
- Any relevant underlying factors
The RAIB will publish its findings, including any recommendations to improve safety, after the conclusion of the investigation.
TfL safety, health and environment manager Lilli Matson said: ‘Safety is our top priority so we were extremely concerned when a railway worker was involved in an incident with a train of the Metropolitan line while working near the track near Chalfont and Latimer station. It was a serious incident, but fortunately there were no serious injuries. Our thoughts are with those affected.
“As usual with an incident on the railway, the Office of Railways and Roads (ORR) and the RAIB will undertake an investigation to identify the cause of the accident and make recommendations. assist ORR and RAIB, we will undertake our own formal investigation.
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