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"So you are saying there were zero railway deaths before they were privatised then? You have cherry picked one example out of thousands who work on the railways everyday. "
Do you appreciate the irony that our railways are owned in the main by foreign nationalised railways?
There will always be deaths in railways, but over the years the railways learned and adapted, from infrastructure, signalling, operations, construction of locomotives and rolling stock, and much more. Strong unions helped that development of the improvements of safety over profit in the pre 1948 period.
During the modernization process they did their best to protect workers as the very necessary cuts and reorganisation of Beeching took place. It can be argued with hindsight that mothballing, as they do in Germany, might have been a better option for some lines, locally the Hull to York line, further afield the Waverley route, the Great Central, Manchester Central down to the Midlands, and Oxford to Cambridge, are notable routes that would be profitable today. But they were destroyed in the main.
I'd agree in the 1970s the political landscape was such the Unions had too much power, and the devastating strikes that used to afflict the country seemed to be to no purpose. But what came next was horrific.
Scargill for his faults said if they didn't make a stand there would be no coal mining in this country, he was right, despite the country being built on coal, literally, there are vast reserves under your feet, there is no underground mining whatsoever in this country. Just a few open cast mines. The rest is imported from Australia, Venezuela, etc. Eco worries, clean burn research and technology was world leading in this country. There was a future for coal, but destroying the power of Unions meant an agreed managed decline of the industry, where people could be retrained, found new opportunities, and communities retain their cohesion and purpose thrown aside in favour of profit, cast aside entire communities destroyed. Don't believe me go. For a ride around once thriving communities in West and South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Lancashire, South Wales, and into Scotland. See the devastated communities, run down, and left to rot. Cruel doesn't cover it.
Going back to railways, deaths on-site happened, but they were rare, and not due to cost cutting, reduced maintenance schedules, ridiculous timescales, or a make it last beyond its lifetime set of policies. All of these privatisations have the same problem, profit over quality. How many more dams are on the verge of collapse we don't know about due to inadequate maintenance for instance? We seem to have a lot of one in a million incidents with these things.
If British Rail received the funding that the privatised companies get we'd have the railways the world woukd envy. We'd still have worked leading research and development railway facilities, we'd still be building and exporting locomotives, rolling stock, and other technology. BR was much maligned, but the reality of what they faced politically doomed them to gradual failure and public opprobrium.