Rail worker saves life; gets suspended
Alan Chittock, who works for Southend Central Rail Station, saved a disabled woman from train tracks shortly before a train was due to arrive, which makes him a bit of a hero right? Wrong. His bosses think quite the opposite and have suspended him for 'breaching safety rules'.
Chittock's employer, C2C, said he'd not followed the correct procedures for an incident of this nature and a spokesman 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."
Chittock’s sister told the Mirror that he was "upset" and had been told not to say anything until the investigation concludes.
RMT 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."