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April 2017 Archives

Railroad worker injuries result from unregulated shuttle services

Working in the railroad industry in Connecticut and across the United States is among the most dangerous jobs a person can have. In fact, to emphasize the importance of workplace safety, the railroad industry does not participate in workers' compensation insurance coverage. Instead, a worker must prove the injuries are the result negligence on the part of the railroad. Instead of insurance companies paying for railroad worker injuries, the railroads themselves are held responsible. This motivates railroads to strive for safety.

Injuries from railroad accidents and working for the railroads

Most people here in Connecticut and elsewhere associate work injuries with one-time events. True, many injuries occur due to railroad accidents, and they are often work-related. However, some injuries occur over your time working for the railroads, which could present a challenge when proving they are work-related, but it is possible.

What is FELA and how does it apply to railroad worker injuries?

Employee safety should be the goal of any employer regardless of whether here in Connecticut or elsewhere across the country. Even when it is, injuries occur and the injured employee has a right to workers' compensation benefits. Except, railroad workers are not eligible for those benefits, so what happens with railroad worker injuries?

Tracking the risks of railroad work in Connecticut and beyond

The economic, political and social changes that occurred in the United States with the development of a transcontinental railroad system are clearly evident in historical literature and discussed often, even to this day. In fact, many people in Connecticut and other East Coast states continue to make their livings on the railroad. The United States was a young nation when the Industrial Revolution and construction of elaborate railroads changed its landscape (and its citizens) forever.

The risk of railroad accidents concerning ethanol tank cars

Over the past month alone two separate train cars transporting ethanol have derailed. While the first incident did not involve any injuries and no hazardous materials were spilled, the second crash was more severe. Several cars ruptured and erupted into flames following the event, and a reported 1,600 gallons of the product was released into nearby waterways. These events have caused officials in Connecticut and across the country to take a closer look at the practices involved in transporting ethanol, and the potential of dangerous railroad accidents in relation.