TfL commissions bus worker death study

TfL is instigating a study to better understand the pattern of coronavirus infections and deaths among London’s bus workers.

TfL has asked University College London (UCL) Institute of Health Equity to provide independent advice as part of a forthcoming two-part study. The studies are being commissioned following the deaths of 33 colleagues, including 29 drivers, among bus operators within London. The research is intended to ensure TfL is taking all possible measures to protect the health, safety and well being of those working to keep the bus network moving.

The first part of the study, into which UCL Institute of Health Equity are providing advice, will review and advise on TfL’s operational response during the pandemic. It will examine the range of measures that have been introduced to protect bus workers, including the rigorous cleaning regime in place across the network and social distancing measures for both members of staff and customers. This work will take place within a matter of weeks.

The second part of the study is to examine the potential contribution that occupation exposure plays in differences in infection and death rates between London’s frontline transport workers and the general London population, by adjusting for a range of risk factors including age, gender, ethnicity, economic status and non-occupational exposures. This will take around three to four months and will help inform recommendations on any additional measures that should be put in place to protect these key workers.

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