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December 2017 Archives

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.

Many feared high speed rails would lead to railroad accidents

Connecticut trains travel fast at times but never even come close to those in Europe that are said to move at speeds as high as 300 miles per hour. A high speed train in the United States may reach speeds over 100 miles per hour on certain stretches of track. Those who oppose high speed locomotion worry that traveling at such high speeds increases the risk for railroad accidents to occur.

Does FELA apply if railroad worker injuries occur in an office?

The dangers of working on a Connecticut railroad (or any other, for that matter) are widely known. Any time an engineer, conductor, lineman or other worker whose duties are typically carried out on the tracks shows up for work, there is a risk for personal injury. Injured workers are protected by the Federal Employers Liability Act, passed in 1908. What about railroad worker injuries that occur in an office, however; does FELA still apply?

Workers sometimes file legal claims following railroad accidents

The Federal Employers Liability Act protects Connecticut railroad workers by allowing them to file injury claims against employers based upon evidence of negligence. The railroad system is unique in this way as workers in other industries who receive workers' compensation benefits are generally barred from suing their employers for personal injury in civil court. Railroad accidents often result in catastrophic injuries, and one engineer in another state sued his employer three years after a train he was driving derailed.

Know how to protect yourself if you're injured on the railroad

You might be one of many Connecticut railroad workers whose dream of working with trains began in childhood. Perhaps you come from a family where railroad work spans across several generations. Working on the railroad can be a rewarding experience; it's also one of the most dangerous types of work as well.