On 4. August 2019, will not be recognized in the SBB, in the train, Bruno R.* (†54) at the time of departure from the Baden train station during the Boarding of the closing door, because the anti-trap function works. In addition, the driver is signaled by a light, falsely, that all the doors were closed. A Defect with fatal consequences: The train departs. Bruno R. is dragged and fatally injured.

Since then, the question is: could Have prevented the accident? In various Newspapers staff report over the course of days and weeks, SBB-anonymous word. They say the problems with the doors of the affected EW IV carriages had been known for a long time – but despite the warnings, no one had done something.

The group Executive Board held against it. SBB chief Andreas Meyer (58), said two weeks ago in an Interview with SonntagsBlick that he knew nothing of defective doors.

First of all, you have no evidence,

On the Friday before a week, the railway said in addition, there is no evidence that messages related to the defective doors had not been sufficiently investigated.

so Far you have no evidence. Now, however, internal SBB documents show, the Sunday look is available in black and white: It was, in fact, already long known that the doors of the EW-IV-car working properly, and what fatal consequences it could have.

On 18. January 2018 is a system engineer of SBB internally to a 17-page Change request with the title: “EW IV installation of a door control switch”. In the description of the planned Works, it means: “The “closed-Position” of the door is not monitored and is to be rebuilt with a Change to be reliably detected. By the installation of a door control switch, the Position of the door leaf in the closed state to be detected reliably. This switch is designed to be integrated loop in the Green, and thus the driver view, if all doors are properly closed.”

Unequivocal Warung

According to this application 300 EW-IV, should be adapted to the car. Why all of a total of 493 cars, it is not clear from the documents. As the start date, the engineer suggested the 1. August of 2018. The cost he estimated to a total of 360’000 Swiss francs per vehicle, the repair would have cost, therefore, a modest 1200 francs.

Clearly, the applicant warns of the possible consequences, if the Work is not carried out: “In the case of a non-execution, we take the risk to drive in the future, with the doors open, and that during the remaining life time of the EW IV is happening, a fatal accident.”

1 year, 6 months, and 17 days after the warning conductor Bruno R. loses his life. Despite the clear warning the adjustment was delayed for months also. Only in July 2019, the SBB start, the first EW IV carriages to be fitted with an additional switch for door monitoring. The car of Bruno R. fate, was not yet repaired.

control was in 2013 on the table

But that’s enough. According to information from the Sunday look was already in 2013 a proposal for a door control of the EW IV on the table. The implementation was, however, rejected the documents categorized. In writing this, however, cannot be properly documented. All the processes are documented only from January 2018, when the relevant Amendment came up again on the Table.

Jürg Hurni, the responsible Secretary of the Union of transport personnel SEV is shocked about the new facts: “The documents show that The SBB have an awareness that it can lead to accidents. We therefore require clear information about why a Change is pushed out and was prevented.”

Encoded response, the SBB

Also Sunday look wanted to know from the SBB, why the execution of the order is not immediately in the attack was taken, even though it is explicitly against the risk of a “serious accident” warning. The encoded reply from the media unit: “The original start date was based on an initial estimate from the initialization concept in January 2018. In the context of the entire application process, technical, financial, operational, and legal issues to be clarified and approved. This can come from a variety of reasons, to longer through-put times.”

At the presentation that CEO Meyer and the group management did not know of the defective doors and all feedback in relation to the defective doors had been addressed to a sufficient extent, the company: “It is a document, which has been treated within the SBB passenger traffic.” In it go to the issue that it is for the EW-IV-car-in rare cases, could lead to a situation that a door during the journey due to the air pressure gap opens wide.

the Fact that in the document, not only of “driving with the doors open,” the speech, but also explicitly against the risk of a “serious accident” warning, do not go to the SBB in its opinion.

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in The beginning there was an idea. A good maybe, a well-intentioned. At the end of the 20th century. Century, if you wanted to dusty, of officials led state-owned enterprises to refresh. More efficient, leaner and more favourable you should be. The demand in the nineties was that way with the felt!

All this in the service of the customer and the taxpayer. “New Public Management” was called. In 1998, the PTT was divided into the shares of companies Post and Swisscom. In 1999, the SBB, under the leadership of the social Democrats, Moritz Leuenberger to the AG.

The new Player had expansion desires. Post, Swisscom, SBB enjoyed now, in fact, the same freedoms as private companies. But they were politically subjected to predetermined objectives.

The corporations grew, the Salaries of the Manager rose. However, the balance between entrepreneurial freedom and public responsibility, has led to tensions. The Post trickery on flew, CEO Susanne Ruoff had to go in 2018.

In the case of the SBB headline was followed by a negative on a negative headline. And today the news that you knew already in 2013, the Problem with the train doors – in the case of a listed private companies would now bail out the investors.

According to surveys, a majority of Britons, to nationalise the privatised Railways wishes. SBB chief Andreas Meyer is doing his Best, in this country, the idea of the “New Public Management” to bury.