Platform injury on rise warning

Story appeared in: Inner West Times | April 19th, 2017

AN increase in the number of injuries suffered by children who have slipped through the gap between the train and station platforms, has prompted a warning for parents and carers to be vigilant.
While the number of injuries has increased, the number of reported incidents has dropped slightly.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Andrew Constance, has asked for vigilance especially in the busy holiday period.
He said that with packed trains and excited kids it's more important than ever to be keeping an eye on children.
Sydney Trains Chief Executive Howard Collins said customers should be alert.
"Keep an eye on your children, hold their hand, take your time, don't rush, and mind the gap between the platform and the train. If you're using a pram, keep a firm hold and always apply the brakes at the station and on the train," he said.

Sydney Trains want families to follow simple tips when travelling:
• Hold your child's hand to make sure they don't run ahead of you;
• Don't rush;
• Apply pram brakes on station platforms and on board; and
• Offer to lend parents a hand who look like they need help.

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Publication: Inner West Times | Section: news | Author: Mark Kirkland | Story ID: 127003 | Viewcount: 6007