Network rail releases video of 'elevator escapades'

Network Rail has released video footage of slips and trips on train station escalators as part of its winter safety campaign.

This will coincide with a CCTV and poster campaign that aims to push down the number of accidental injuries that occur on escalators.

From April 1st 2012 to March 31st 2013, a total of 418 people slipped and fell on the 17 largest stations Network Rail manages. In its London stations, which include Paddington, Liverpool Street and Waterloo, 264 separate incidents were recorded.

The number of slips and trips on train station escalators during that year was 20% lower than the amount in the previous year, but many slips, trips and falls are caused by the same factors. These include drunkenness, wearing high heels and carrying heavy luggage up the escalator rather than the lift.

Managing Director of Network Operations for Network Rail Robin Gisby said that the majority of slips and trips in busy stations can be prevented, adding that a failure to hold the handrail could see what would otherwise be an uneventful escalator journey actually cause an injury.

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