Rail worker suspended

A railway worker based at Southend has been suspended after helping to rescue a disabled woman who fell on to a train track.

Suspended Southend railway worker to return to work

A railway worker from Southend has been reinstated

A railway worker suspended after helping to rescue a wheelchair-bound pensioner who fell onto the tracks at Southend Central station has been reinstated.

The RMT rail workers' union said the customer services assistant, who works for c2c, will now return to work.

He faced a disciplinary hearing after it was suggested he may have broken health and safety rules.

The man was helped by three members of the public after a 71-year-old woman fell onto the tracks.

Following the hearing, RMT general secretary Bob Crow called the decision a "victory for common sense".

A spokesman for the rail operator said: "A c2c employee has returned to full duties following our investigation into the incident at Southend Central station."

Railway worker suspended for saving woman from tracks

A railway worker based at Southend has been suspended after helping to rescue a disabled woman who fell on to a train track.

It happened at Southend's Central station. Rail operator c2c say they are investigating whether the worker broke health and safety rules - the rail workers' union have called his suspension diabolical.

How the woman ended up on the tracks is the subject of a separate investigation.

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Railway worker suspended for rescue

Railway worker suspended after helping to rescue disabled women.
Railway worker suspended after helping to rescue disabled women.

A railway worker based at Southend has been suspended after helping to rescue a disabled woman who fell on to a train track.

The man, along with three other people, hauled the wheelchair-bound woman, in her 70s, to safety after the incident last week.

A spokesman for the train company c2c said: "We have strict rules regarding the safety procedure for the quickest way of stopping trains in an emergency. An employee has been suspended while our investigation into this incident continues."

Rail Maritime and Transport union general secretary Bob Crow said:

"Clearly it is a travesty of justice that a member of staff has ended up threatened with disciplinary action for helping avoid a potential tragedy at Southend and RMT is calling on the company to recognise the strength of feeling this case has generated amongst both staff and the public.

"RMT is representing our member and will do all that we can to ensure that he is returned to work as soon as possible with no stain on his record and a recognition that station-based rail staff play a crucial role in ensuring public safety."

It is understood that the nearest train was a quarter of a mile away and already slowing for the station.