Increase of Assaults on LU Employees

MQT on 2015-02-23
Session date: 
February 23, 2015
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


There has been a 20% increase in assaults on London Underground employees this year from last year. What are the categories of assaults recorded? Please provide a list of the categories of assaults, and the number of these assaults on LU employees that have occurred over the last two years.


Answer for Increase of Assaults on LU Employees

Answer for Increase of Assaults on LU Employees

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Violence towards LU employees whether it is in the form of an assault, a threat or an incident of verbal abuse is unacceptable. Staff have the right to work without fear or threat of violence and TfL works closely with the police to ensure this.

TfL defines workplace violence as any incident in which persons are abused, threatened or assaulted in circumstances relating to their work, involving an explicit or implicit threat to their safety, wellbeing or health. In accordance with standard practice within the railway industry, TfL classifies incidents of workplace violence into the categories of verbal abuse (insulting and offensive comments), threat (a declaration of intention to harm or injure) or assault (an act of aggression that results in physical contact).

Please find attached at Appendix 8 below workplace violence incidences recorded over the last two years, and a table presenting the proportion of incidents reported.