Extreme Weather Training needed by Network Rail Staff

The derailment of a Manchester train by an icicle late last year has sparked interest in providing extreme weather training to many network rail staff members. 

As part of the training, rail bosses would be shown how to train staff to identify problems and inspect tunnels in extreme weather conditions.

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It is hoped that this training would prevent a repeat of last year’s incident, where 40 people were aboard the train in question.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch found that the train was travelling at around 70mph before it hit a 26ft long block of ice when entering the tunnel.

According to the report “During the immediate aftermath of the derailment there as further falls of ice onto the roof of the derailed train, which caused alarm among the passengers.”

Fire crews were on the scene quickly to remove the ice and help the passengers to safety.

According to the report, the ice risk was not properly identified before rail services resumed and this in turn allowed the accident to happen.

Although the track was inspected, the icicles were not deemed a risk to the rail service.

Injuries caused by extreme weather

When it comes to an English winter, we all know that there is usually extreme weather involved and in many situations this weather comes in the form of cold weather and frequently, snow. When it comes to extreme weather, transport authorities have a right and responsibility to ensure that we are looked after and if it is deemed that they have been negligent towards the safety of their passengers then you could be eligible to make a claim for compensation. 

Injuries caused in a train accident

When it comes to train accidents, derailments can be quite a serious issue and in many cases can cause both minor and serious injuries to any passengers who happen to be travelling at the time. Railways operators have a responsibility to ensure that their trains are safe and well-maintained at all times, and that their tracks are maintained in the same manner, if this is not the case, or if there is negligence on behalf of the operator then you could be eligible to make a claim.

How can I claim?

When it comes to making a claim for compensation it’s always a good idea to get an expert involved and that’s where the team at Manners Pimblett can really help. Our team will work with you to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are entitled. So what are you waiting for? If you have been left out of pocket through the negligence of a rail operator then call our team today on 0845 077 0772. 

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