RAIL WORKER FACES THE SACK FOR SAVING PASSENGER LIFE – For rail worker, Alan Chittock, a customer service assistant, with Rail Network C2C, he didn’t expect to be suspended from work after saving a passengers life.
During one morning a disabled woman’s wheelchair rolled down a 5ft ramp onto the station; however the 70 year old woman wasn’t able to stop her wheelchair and plunged onto the tracks.
With one service due to pull into the station within the next few minutes Alan didn’t take any chances that the signals operator wouldn’t be able to stop the train in time and so jumped down onto the track and with few others assisting managed to put the elderly woman back on the platform.
Alan’s colleagues and public declared Alan a hero for saving the life of the poor woman but unfortunately C2C rail bosses took a dim view of his actions and suspended him on health and safety grounds.
You would think that Alan Chittock would have received some form of bravery award but such are the times we live in where management appears more concerned about safety rules than it does about common sense and the saving of lives.
Alan has worked for the railways for about 30 years and declined to comment on the incident after being advised against such by the RMT Union.
The public are rightly outraged at Alan’s suspension with one saying; “He saved the woman’s life but now he might lose his job. What was he supposed to do, stand back and watch her die?”
Currently C2C are reviewing the incident on the London-bound platform and have no comment to make until they have completed their review.
The RMT Union has vowed to fight Alan’s case rigorously on the grounds that Alan was ensuring public safety at all times. The union feels this is a travesty of justice and that C2C are simply attempting to cover their backs.