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Police have found no evidence of criminal activity after a pensioner in a wheelchair fell onto railway tracks in at Southend Central station.
A railway worker was suspended after helping rescue the disabled woman. The member of station staff along with three other people hauled the wheelchair-bound woman, in her 70s to safety.
A c2c company spokesman has said a railway worker's immediate duty was to stop trains, rather than going to the aid of passengers. It comes after a hearing, which reinstated the employee. He'd been suspended after jumping onto the tracks to save a disabled woman who'd fallen.
A railway worker has thanked the public for their support after he was suspended for jumping onto the tracks to rescue a disabled pensioner. He was helped by three members of the public after the 71-year-old woman fell. The member of staff was reinstated today.
RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said after the hearing:
A railway worker suspended after helping to rescue a wheelchair-bound pensioner who fell onto tracks has been reinstated. The Rail Maritime and Transport union said the customer services assistant working for c2c at Southend will now return to work.
He faced a disciplinary hearing after suggestions he hadn't followed correct health and safety procedures.
There's been a mixed reaction on Twitter to the suspension of a rail worker in Southend who intervened to rescue a disabled woman who fell onto the tracks.
A mechanic working close to Southend Central station accused some companies of being too worried about being sued, which meant they were reluctant to intervene.
Mark Baird I can see both sides to this story I work for a train company but the tracks are owned by network rail and not c2c the train company. I do praise the platform staff but the problem is the staff member is NOT covered if he had hurt himself while on the track.
Ray Moffatt As mark has stated there are rules in place too deal with situations like this ....... If the staff member had injured himself then it could have been 2 people under a train and not 1
Rail operator c2c issued a short statement today. The company said it had nothing more to add while an investigation was still ongoing.
You've been telling us on Twitter that the rail worker in Southend should have been rewarded for intervening and not suspended.
Kate Horwood I couldn't watch as wheelchair person lay helpless on a TRAIN TRACK either if anything happened to the woman I wouldn't be able to live with myself.
Lisa Sanchez It's a quick reaction, well done to the person who helped her, shame on the company who suspended him !