Safety token issued to contractors working in compressed air at Elephant & Castle station - safety token

Description:
Between 1937 and 1940, deep-level tunnelling was carried out at Elephant & Castle station as part of the Bakerloo line improvements. This safety token was issued to the contractors working at the station who worked under compressed-air conditions. It reads 'If this man is found ill please send to Medical Lock, Farrell Court, Walworth Rd, Elephant & Castle. Telephone H.O.P. 2703.' On the back it says 'This man is employed by Balfour Beatty & Co. Ltd. and is working in compressed air.' Working in such conditions could cause decompression sickness or the 'bends' as its commonly known. If somebody travels too quickly from a compressed-air environment up to ground level, it can cause sickness or blackouts.
Production Date:
1937 -1939
ID no:
LTM_1995/2550
Maker:
Commissioner : Balfour Beatty & Co. Ltd.
Copyright:
Transport for London

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