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March 2017 Archives

Railroad worker injuries result from collision with Pepsi truck

Railroad crossings in Connecticut and elsewhere are frequently the scenes of train versus motor vehicle accidents, and some crossings in particular are notorious for collisions. In addition to drivers taking foolish chances, a crossing may be poorly maintained or have a limited field of vision. This may cause railroad worker injuries as well as risking the lives of drivers and others. While many railroad companies establish specific safety rules for their crossings, one railroad employee is claiming CSX failed to maintain a crossing in another state where an accident caused his injuries.

The FELA process after railroad accidents

Working for a railroad company in Connecticut and across the country is unique in many ways, least of all, the handling of an injury. Since railroad accidents are not covered by workers' compensation, like with most other industries, an employee must be familiar with the claims process in order to ensure he or she receives any benefits that might be due. Railroad injuries are covered by the Federal Employers Liability Act, and – unlike workers' compensation – determining who was at fault for the accident is an important part of the process.

What could happen if I am exposed to asbestos?

On Feb. 16, 2017, we discussed the risks railroad workers face when it comes to exposure to asbestos ("Railroad workers: Know your risk for asbestos-related illnesses"). One of the health consequences touched on in that article was the risk of contracting a dangerous and life-threatening illness called mesothelioma. Now, we will explore more about this condition.

Fatigue contributes to railroad worker injuries

Trying to perform any job while exhausted is difficult. Fatigue may cause a person to be confused, have slow reaction time and make poor decisions. This is why industries that are inherently dangerous -- such as those involving trucking, construction and the railroads -- are trying to reduce the probability that workers will have to perform their duties with inadequate sleep. As a result of this effort, railroad worker injuries in Connecticut and across the country have declined over the past years, although authorities would like the see the numbers go even lower.

Awareness grows for railroad accidents at crossings

As city streets and highways become more crowded, drivers may forget about the existence of railroads until a passing train stops traffic and makes them wait. The fast pace of society may make this wait seem much longer than it actually is, and sometimes impatience can cause a driver to take deadly chances. In Connecticut and across the country, safety advocates are trying to make drivers more aware of the dangers of railroad accidents at crossings.