High-heels and escalators are a recipe for disaster, as Network Rail’s latest video makse clear.
In a “You’ve Been Framed” style clip-fest, the Network Rail team have compiled a variety of station slip-ups from one unlucky woman “reverse planking” in Euston Station to collapses over cases and another lady pole-dancing in Leeds station.
According to Network Rail, more than 3,000 people have slipped, tripped or fell in Britain’s railway stations, with incidents involving luggage rising by 70% since 2004. 10% of those injuries occur in December, with Fridays the most common time for an incident.
Network Rail MD for network operations Robin Gisby said:
“A combination of more people carrying Christmas shopping, trailing wheelie suitcases, wet and windy weather and people travelling late after festive parties, make December a time where we see more people take a tumble.
“We don’t want to see anyone hurt at our stations so we’ll be doing what we can to keep concourses dry and clean and signposting lifts clearly for those with heavy luggage.”
British Transport Police assistant chief constable Alan Pacey said:
“It’s always important to remain aware of your surroundings, particularly at this time of year when more of us are out shopping and partying.
“We will be supporting rail staff, especially during the evenings, to help them ensure everyone has a safe and secure journey.”
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