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TfL defends record after Chadwell Heath station death

PUBLISHED: 17:00 12 October 2016

Emergency services responding to calls of a person struck by a train at Chadwell Heath station this afternoon. A person was pronounced dead at the scene. Photo credit: @dandreit

Emergency services responding to calls of a person struck by a train at Chadwell Heath station this afternoon. A person was pronounced dead at the scene. Photo credit: @dandreit

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Transport for London has defended staff training and safeguarding procedures after a man was killed by a train at Chadwell Heath station on Monday.

The incident means that in the past year eight people have been hit by trains at Redbridge’s stations.

The 41-year-old man was struck by a train at 1.20pm, the third event of its kind at that station since last December.

Earlier this month, a man suffered life-changing injuries after being struck by a train at Ilford station – both incidents are being treated as non-suspicious by the British Transport Police (BTP).

Two other people were hit at Gants Hill station this year, with further accidents at Woodford and Goodmayes stations.

A London Underground (LU) spokesman said: “Suicides and fatalities are thankfully relatively rare, but they occur from time to time on all transport networks.

“Each incident is traumatic for everyone involved – the families, friends, staff and the emergency services.

“LU has introduced a ‘blue light’ response for the Emergency Response Unit with a police driver supplied by the BTP. We also have the Network Incident Response Team which includes a BTP Police Medical Officer with a LU Network Incident Response Manager.”

Additionally, he said, medical intervention in these cases had improved notably and the survival rate was increasing.

TfL Rail, which runs Ilford, Goodmayes and Chadwell Heath stations, revealed that since May 31 2015, staff have had 49 “potentially life-saving” interventions as a result of suicide prevention training.

“TfL Rail works closely with both national and local Samaritan groups to ensure our staff are continually alert, aware and engaged with the potential need for safeguarding, and run regular awareness days for staff with a specific focus on safeguarding,” said a TfL Rail spokesman.


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