Tube death - London Underground fined £300,000
: Tuesday, July 27, 1999
London Underground was fined £300,000 today for breaches of Health & Safety legislation related to the death of a woman who fell between two carriages of a tube train on New Year's Eve 1996.
The company had admitted full responsibility for the incident which was caused through a blind spot in cameras at Eastcote satation onthe Piccadilly Line. The woman apparently hesitated after alighting from the train then stumbled and fell back where she was trapped between the platform and the train. Because of the blindspot the driver did not see her as the train pulled away.
The problem with the cameras had already been identified on two separate occasions. Judge Crocker, sitting at Isleworth Crown Court said "The fact of the matter is that no effective system for checking for blind-spots was in place and had not been for many months. This was an accident waiting to happen and, regretfully, a tragic and fatal one."
A fine of £250,000 was imposed for an offence under section3 of the Health and Safety at work Act and a further fine of £50,000 was imposed for a breach of the Regulation of Railways Act. London Underground was also ordered to pay costs of £14,0000.
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