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Railroad worker injuries focus of a recent lawsuit

Most employees in Connecticut are able to file claims for workers' compensation benefits if they're involved in workplace accidents that result in their own injuries. Railroad worker injuries, however, are not covered under workers' comp for all railroad accident situations involving employees, which are handled under the Federal Employers Liability Act. A railroad worker in another state has brought a situation to the court's attention, accusing his employers of negligence on the job.

Don't confuse FELA with workers' compensation

If you were to take a quick survey on the street in Connecticut, asking passers-by what they think the most dangerous jobs in the nation are, many would mention work in construction and farming. Some, however, may also include railroad work high on their lists, for statistics prove train workers are always at high risk for injuries. If your family history in the United States stretches back several decades or more, you likely have a relative who used to work (or currently works) on the railroad.

Railroad worker injuries central topic of ongoing lawsuit

A brief study of U.S. history shows the significance of the development and installation of a transcontinental railroad. Life in Connecticut and throughout the nation changed in many ways, once trains became available for transporting goods (and people). Along with ease of travel and new mercantile opportunities, a more negative consequence of train transportation in America was railroad worker injuries.

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.

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?

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.

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.

Railroad worker injuries result from railyard collision

Because of the extreme danger of working around trains, laws and regulations regarding railroad employees differ from those of most other workplaces. Railroad worker injuries are often catastrophic and permanent, and safety standards are high in railyards. When an accident occurs in Connecticut or elsewhere, it often makes headlines and involves painstaking investigation to determine the root cause and prevent such accidents from recurring. A recent accident in another state resulted in passenger and railroad worker injuries.

Railroad workers: know your risk for asbestos-related illnesses

The risks associated with asbestos exposure have been know for many years now. In response to these risks, federal and state agencies have put in place numerous regulations intended to protect people from toxic exposure, and many companies have strict guidelines in place for handling and disposing of asbestos-containing materials.

The FELA and your rights as an injured railroad worker

Recently, a federal judge sent a case involving a lawsuit against a railroad company back to state court. The judge originally cited insufficient facts and stated that the claimant lacked a clear basis for legal action under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). However, after allowing the claimant to amend his complaint, the judge sent the case back to state court.