Firstly, I'm not kidding when 2 lives are involved. Secondly, I don't drive and to be honest I rather take the bus than the train any time.limlim wrote:You must be kidding..... you drive?tutormum wrote:Even though it is deemed safe to go on the tracks when trains are in operation such risks shouldn't be taken. Why can't they stop the trains if die die must do the maintenance at that time. I'm sure passengers will understand if the delay is explained to them. One can't be too careful.
I agree there are risks in every day life. Walking outside my HDB flat also carries the risk of someone throwing something down and hit me. The grouse here is why risk is not minimised? If such risk is unavoidable, then just send 1 or 2 will do, why 15? I avoid walking under HDB flats, walk on the inner side of the pavement, wait till all vehicles stop at traffic junctions before crossing, to name a few. However, if after taking such preventive measures and an accident happens to me, I die also no words say lor.
If you look at the picture, there is only 1 train. Pasir Ris Station is the terminating station. That train could have used another track to arrive at the other platform. From the report (I'm not speculating hor) it seems that the train driver was not informed that there will be workers on the track so that he could keep a lookout. It was also reported that the staff was sent to investigate an signal fault and the simple procedure was to switch off the power if the need arises. Need 15 to do that? Even if they need to change some switches etc, they don't even need 5 not to mention 15. Even changing the whole length of wire also don't need so many people. In case you ask, my father was, and one of my uncles is, an electrician and I did learn from my dad when I was young. DH is very fortunate cos I'm the man in the house when it comes to changing light bulbs etc. I even do simple repair for household appliances.
If the fault is major, then it's time for an overhaul and it's another ball game. If it's necessary to stop train operations for a day or 2 for repairs, I'll be the first to kee chiu. Safety should be the first priority. Don't tell me that SMRT is afraid of public outcry when trains are out of service for maintenance but not afraid when lives are lost? Maybe the strawberry generation could prove that they are made of tougher material by giving up the convenience of taking the train for a day or 2. I grew up without MRT and travelled to work for about 2 hours from Bedok to Tengah on the bus.
Most of the people here are questioning the rationale taken to send those people onto the tracks and placing them on unnecessary risks. Even when workers prune trees, there is notices to inform drivers and the stretch is closed with traffic diverted to the remaining lanes. Using your example, why isn't the train diverted to the other platform and close that stretch of the track? If you notice, most of the tracks do not have that 0.5m pathway. How are repairs or maintenance carried out without closing the platforms?
In case you think I'm throwing stones at SMRT, sorry, I'm not. I just can't understand why the staff is sent onto the tracks when the train is in operation. In this case, one cannot be too kiasu or kiasi. The 2 young men were the same age as my DS1 and DS2. If they were my children, I will make sure that I leave no stone unturned. What if they are yours?