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Employee says railroad worker injury caused permanent disability

A man who worked for Union Pacific Railroad has sued his employers under the Federal Employers Liability Act. His claim states that he suffered permanent disability from a railroad worker injury that could have likely been prevented were it not for his employers' negligence. The man reportedly suffered kidney damage after working with a spiker machine. Connecticut railroad workers may want to follow this case.

A spiker machine is a heavy piece of machinery that helps drive rail spikes down into ties on railroad tracks in order to hold rails in place. As with many other duties in the railroad industry, such work involves great risk as there are typically many potential hazards involved. A key to worker safety lies in proper training, provision of all available safety equipment and appropriate inspection, repair and maintenance of all work equipment.

Poor lighting may increase chances for railroad accidents

For Connecticut railway workers and passengers alike, there are always risks involved with train travel. Several serious railroad accidents have occurred in recent years, including a tragedy in another state on a recent Sunday. Sadly, two railroad workers died in the incident and as many as 100 other people suffered injuries.

This train wreck was the third fatal accident on Amtrak railway systems in the past three months. The crash occurred in early morning hours, leading some to suggest that darkness may have been a factor. The tragedy unfolded when a passenger train slammed into a parked freight train.

Update: Workers cry foul against Amtrak re railroad accident

Many Connecticut railroad workers and others throughout the nation have been closely following news regarding a recent train derailment. The railroad accident occurred in another state, when a massive locomotive careened off the tracks and catapulted several train cars off an overpass. The cars landed on the interstate below. In the aftermath of the crash, railroad workers have come out swinging, saying they tried to warn Amtrak such a thing was likely to happen.

Sadly, three lives were lost in the massive train collision. At least 100 other people suffered injuries. Engineers and conductors now say they were not properly trained to handle the new, high-speed route. The workers say they told Amtrak, multiple times, they had serious safety concerns.

3 types of railroad work that rank high for injury risks

The Connecticut railroad and other railway systems in the nation helped change the face of American commerce and travel. Historical literature is rich with stories of adventure, political debate, corruption and danger in the days when the very first tracks were pounded into the ground. If you enjoy reading about the nation's railroad history, you likely already know that part of that danger came from train robbers and other criminals. Much of it also involved the danger of railroad work itself.

Thankfully, if you earn a living on a railroad today, your risk of being attacked by a gang of train robbers is little to none. However, certain types of railroad work continue to pose extremely high risks for injury. Whether you work at the same position every day or your duties fluctuate, knowing the risks ahead of time may help you stay safe. Since most accidents occur suddenly and unexpectedly, it's also a good idea to know what type of support is available if an injury occurs while on the job.

Railroad worker injuries blamed on inadequate inspections

It's logical to assume most Connecticut railroad workers started the new year hoping that 2018 would bring them much success in their careers and that they would stay safe as they carry out their tasks and duties on the job. Sadly, the new year did not begin that way for a man in another state who suffered injuries when a mishap occurred while he was on duty. The Federal Employers Liability Act protects railroad workers and covers all aspects of obtaining compensation associated with railroad worker injuries, and this victim has apparently asserted his rights to pursue compensation by filing a legal claim.

It was New Year's Day 2017 when the accident occurred. The man had apparently reported for work like any other day and was carrying out his usual duties on a locomotive. Suddenly, chaos broke loose when the traction motor on the train where he was working exploded.

Will new brake system prevent railroad worker injuries?

Many Connecticut railroad workers and their families were saddened to learn about a recent derailment that took place in another state. There were several fatalities involved and news of the tragedy reaffirmed opinions that system and equipment upgrades and reforms are needed to prevent further railroad worker injuries and hazards to passengers. In fact, some say the automatic braking system that was installed in the locomotive that careened off its tracks may have helped avert the collision if only it had been activated.

At least 47 railroads recently received an alert from the Secretary of Transportation. The railroads were warned that they need to act swiftly to install new automatic braking systems. The train that wrecked in the northwest region of the country was traveling approximately 80 mph around a 30 mph curve when it flew off its tracks.

Railroad worker injuries lead to post derailment litigation

An Amtrak train derailed in another state, which resulted in injuries to several people. Connecticut railroad workers and those who travel by train may want to pay close attention to a claim that has been filed against the railroad. Railroad worker injuries that lead to litigation are governed by the Federal Employers Liability Act. 

In this case, it was the conductor on the speeding passenger train who suffered injury in the derailment. In addition to physical injuries to his hip and ribs, the man says he also suffered extreme emotional trauma in the incident. Attorneys acting on his behalf say Amtrak officials failed to provide safe working conditions and should be held legally accountable for the conductor's injuries.

The act that may help you recover your losses on the railroad

In the early 1900s, there were reportedly high numbers of railroad accidents. If you currently work on a Connecticut railroad, you might say things are quite a bit different now than they were then, or at least were before a particular program was implemented to protect railroad workers who are injured on the job. As a modern-day railroad employee, you've likely heard of FELA; however, many workers know of the program without really understanding what it is, how it came to be and why it exists.

FELA is also known as the Federal Employers Liability Act. Many people mistake it as a synonymous program to workers' compensation, but the two are not the same. The purpose of this post is to provide the basic information regarding FELA and to explain how it differs from workers' compensation. One thing is certain: If you suffer injury while working on the railroad, you will want to make sure you clearly understand FELA and how it can help you recover your losses.

Railroad worker injuries may be acute or develop over time

Connecticut railroad workers are often at risk for injury when they carry out their workplace duties. Those who work directly on trains, such as engineers, conductors or linemen, are most at risk. This type of work ranks high on most lists regarding dangerous jobs in America. When railroad worker injuries occur, there is a special system that oversees benefits claims and personal injury litigation.

This system was developed through the Federal Employers Liability Act. It is different from workers' compensation because it allows injured railroad workers to sue their employers if negligence on the part of the railroad is deemed a causal factor in a particular situation. Collision-related injuries are not the only risks associated with railroad work, however.

Railroad accidents in Connecticut and beyond may prompt changes

Safety is always a high priority where Connecticut railway systems are concerned. In fact, it's logical to assume that most railroad companies throughout the nation consider worker and passenger safety a top concern. When railroad accidents occur, investigations often lead to changes in regulations or equipment and system upgrades.

In the wake of a major Amtrak derailment in another state, there has been much talk regarding positive train control technology. PTC is a sophisticated satellite tracking system that is designed to automatically stop a locomotive that is at risk for derailment or collision. The hope is that this cutting-edge technology might greatly decrease the number of railroad collisions that occur throughout the nation each year.