Atos Under Fire After Disabled Man Geoff Meeghan Left Stranded When Fire Alarm Sounded
A disabled man has described his distress after being left stranded inside an Atos centre when the fire alarm went off.
Geoff Meeghan, 32, suffers from early-onset Parkinsons and was being assessed over whether he was 'fit for work' at a centre in Neasden, north-west London, when the fire alarm sounded.
The doctor he was with rushed out and a security guard whom he asked for help promised assistance which never came.
He was abandoned at the top of the stairs, after being told not to use the lift.
Speaking to the Independent, Mr Meeghan said that even though he can tackle stairs with help, "it was a highly stressful situation and I felt like it was far too risky.
"I was worried that flames might come up the stairs and that I might fall or something. It wasn’t a drill.
"We could see the fire engine arriving outside. I feel like there was a general lack of respect for disabled people at Atos – they make you feel as though you’ve done something wrong by being disabled – like you’re being persecuted.”
From Huffington Post.
That is some Emergency Fire Action Plan. I wonder who is in charge of Fire Safety matters for this "Company?"