9 May 2016
RMT Press Office:
RMT demands answers from Scotrail on safe train operation after appalling incident at East Dumbarton on Saturday night.
RAIL UNION RMT today demanded answers from Scotrail on rail safety, and a rolling back of the introduction of Driver Only Operation, after an appalling incident at East Dumbarton on a Saturday night when a man fell between the platform and moving train leading to “life changing” injuries.
The report on the incident from the daily Scotrail daily log follows:
2217 hours – Male fell between platform and moving train at Dumbarton East. Conveyed to hospital. Injuries life changing but not life threatening at time of writing. Currently in surgery.
The incident happened on a driver-only operated service at an unstaffed station and is the latest shocking event reinforcing union calls for the retention of the guard on Scotrail trains and the staffing of stations and platforms.
RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash said:
“This was a shocking incident at East Dumbarton on Saturday night and joins the catalogue of safety failures on our trains that reinforce the union campaign to retain guards on our railways. It shows once again that not only is DOO a permanent safety risk but that it also puts our drivers in an impossible situation.
“RMT awaits the outcome of the full investigation into the incident that is now underway but we want clear and immediate assurances from Scotrail on the safety of their trains – assurances that we believe can only be meaningful if they include a rolling back of Driver Only Operation.”