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A spate of accidents involving commuters rushing for rides on Sydney’s public transport system has triggered a new safety alert.
CCTV footage obtained by 9NEWS shows passengers tripping and tumbling on platforms, stairs and escalators – and suffering injuries from cuts and scratches to bruises and lacerations.
An elderly man narrowly escaped being run over after rushing for a bus at Bondi Junction Station Interchange in an incident captured on cameras on April 23, ending with cuts to his nose and forehead and first aid from staff.
At Redfern Station, a man ended up with lacerations and sprawled face down on moving escalators after losing his footing and stumbling on April 28.
CCTV footage has revealed the accidents that can happen when people rush to catch public transport.
Commuters have been urged to wait for the next train or bus rather than put themselves and others at risk.NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance urged commuters to wait for the next train or bus rather than put themselves and others at risk.
“It’s just not worth risking your life or a limb, endangering others, by simply trying to rush to a train or a bus,” he said.
In separate incidents depicted in the CCTV, a young man escaped with scratches after tripping head-first into a train about to depart from Redfern.
A woman fell down stairs onto a platform at Wynyard.
An elderly man fell on escalators while trying to retrieve his hat, which had blown off his head.
Sydney Trains data shows there have been more than 270 injuries caused by people running to catch transport in the past three years.Figures from Sydney Trains show there have been more than 270 injuries caused by customers rushing or running to catch transport over the past three years.
Howard Collins, CEO of Sydney Trains, appealed to passengers to watch their step and take more care on the network.
“There are opportunities for people to use lifts if they are available, if you are a little unsteady on your feet,” he said.
Elderly people, pregnant women and children are the most at risk.“And the other thing is, you can ask our staff for help.”
Elderly people, pregnant women and children are most at risk of injuries, as well as more susceptible to being knocked over by commuters rushing to get their train.
This article first appeared on www.9news.com.au
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