Union concerned at rising rail suicides

23 October 2014

The Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) have released statistics on annual fatalities, showing an increase in suicides on the railway over recent years. A closer look also reveals that there were 28 suspected suicides in July and 29 in August, up from the monthly average of 23 over the past year.

As a union, we want to do everything we can to prevent suicides and support drivers who have been involved in rail fatalities on the railway and who may subsequently suffer from trauma. Since 2010 we have played a key role in the Network Rail – Samaritans’ Suicide and Trauma Prevention initiative, which aims to reduce the number of railway suicides and provide support to those affected by them.

You can watch today’s ITV interview with Andy Botham, train driver and ASLEF union rep, here

You can also find out more about our involvement in the programme here

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