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August 2017 Archives

Falls from locomotives frequent cause of railroad worker injuries

Trains may be larger than many Connecticut residents think, especially if they don't have much firsthand experience with these massive machines. Working on a railroad is considered risky business, and many railroad worker injuries are suffered when workers fall from atop their standing positions on locomotive equipment. If a train happens to be moving when a fall occurs, the results are often disastrous.

Outcomes in litigation re railroad accidents vary by incident

Anyone who works or has worked on a Connecticut railroad likely understands the tremendous risks often involved in such work. Railroad work is considered one of the most dangerous lines of work in the nation; however, not all railroad accidents involve railroad employees. Sometimes, others nearby, such as pedestrians, are injured as well.

Railroad accidents involving pedestrians especially tragic

There are many dangers along Connecticut railways. Those who work on the railroad are at great risk for injuries as this type of work is among the most dangerous in the nation. However, not only employees may suffer injuries when railroad accidents occur; passengers, and even pedestrians in the area might as well.

Spouse of deceased victim says railroad accidents still a risk

In 2015, there was a tragedy in a state neighboring Connecticut that resulted in six fatalities. Since then, the spouse of one of the victims (a woman whose car had gotten stuck on the tracks and was hit by a fast-moving train) has been lobbying with several government officials, seeking safety upgrades that he says may have saved his wife's life had they been implemented at the time of the crash. When railroad accidents like this one occur, the National Transportation Safety Board investigates. State statutes also provide for a safety study, which at this point is five months overdue.

New rail chief says it's the end of the line for naps

Who doesn't like a little shut-eye in the afternoon? If you've put in a few hours of hard work or driven a long distance, a cat-nap can be just refreshing enough to keep you going strong for the rest of the day. Not many people have the luxury of taking a nap on the job, though.