A train ticket employee died from coronavirus after being spat on while on duty.
Belly Mujinga, 47, was in the hall of London’s Victoria Station in March when an audience member said he had spat Covid-19 and coughed on her and a colleague.
Within days of the attack, both women fell ill with the virus.
Ms. Mujinga, who had underlying respiratory problems, was admitted to Barnet Hospital and given a ventilator, but died on April 5, her union, the Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA), said.
Ten people attended her funeral.
The union has reported the incident to the Railway Inspectorate, the safety department of the Road and Rail (ORR) for investigation, and is taking legal advice on the situation.
TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes said: “We are shocked and devastated by the death of Belly. She is one of the far too many frontline workers who lost their lives to the corona virus.
The health secretary, Matt Hancock, recently announced that £ 60,000 will be paid to the survivors of health and health workers dying from the pandemic.
“We believe this compensation should be extended to the families of all first-line workers who die trying to keep our country and vital services running.
Unfortunately, Belly is just one of many family tragedies where children were taken from their parents.
However, there are serious questions about her death; it was not inevitable.
“As a vulnerable person in the” at risk “category and her condition known to her employer, there are questions about why she was not fired from front-line duties early in this pandemic.
“Instead of talking about the closure being relaxed, the government must first ensure that proper precautions and protections are in place so that no more lives are lost.
“Anyone who is vulnerable should stay at home and work from home should be the standard where possible.
“Our rail industry must take a very serious look at what tasks are considered” essential “and must protect all our members and our passengers.”