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Update: Workers cry foul against Amtrak re railroad accident

Many Connecticut railroad workers and others throughout the nation have been closely following news regarding a recent train derailment. The railroad accident occurred in another state, when a massive locomotive careened off the tracks and catapulted several train cars off an overpass. The cars landed on the interstate below. In the aftermath of the crash, railroad workers have come out swinging, saying they tried to warn Amtrak such a thing was likely to happen.

3 types of railroad work that rank high for injury risks

The Connecticut railroad and other railway systems in the nation helped change the face of American commerce and travel. Historical literature is rich with stories of adventure, political debate, corruption and danger in the days when the very first tracks were pounded into the ground. If you enjoy reading about the nation's railroad history, you likely already know that part of that danger came from train robbers and other criminals. Much of it also involved the danger of railroad work itself.

Railroad worker injuries blamed on inadequate inspections

It's logical to assume most Connecticut railroad workers started the new year hoping that 2018 would bring them much success in their careers and that they would stay safe as they carry out their tasks and duties on the job. Sadly, the new year did not begin that way for a man in another state who suffered injuries when a mishap occurred while he was on duty. The Federal Employers Liability Act protects railroad workers and covers all aspects of obtaining compensation associated with railroad worker injuries, and this victim has apparently asserted his rights to pursue compensation by filing a legal claim.

Will new brake system prevent railroad worker injuries?

Many Connecticut railroad workers and their families were saddened to learn about a recent derailment that took place in another state. There were several fatalities involved and news of the tragedy reaffirmed opinions that system and equipment upgrades and reforms are needed to prevent further railroad worker injuries and hazards to passengers. In fact, some say the automatic braking system that was installed in the locomotive that careened off its tracks may have helped avert the collision if only it had been activated.

Railroad worker injuries lead to post derailment litigation

An Amtrak train derailed in another state, which resulted in injuries to several people. Connecticut railroad workers and those who travel by train may want to pay close attention to a claim that has been filed against the railroad. Railroad worker injuries that lead to litigation are governed by the Federal Employers Liability Act. 

The act that may help you recover your losses on the railroad

In the early 1900s, there were reportedly high numbers of railroad accidents. If you currently work on a Connecticut railroad, you might say things are quite a bit different now than they were then, or at least were before a particular program was implemented to protect railroad workers who are injured on the job. As a modern-day railroad employee, you've likely heard of FELA; however, many workers know of the program without really understanding what it is, how it came to be and why it exists.

Railroad worker injuries may be acute or develop over time

Connecticut railroad workers are often at risk for injury when they carry out their workplace duties. Those who work directly on trains, such as engineers, conductors or linemen, are most at risk. This type of work ranks high on most lists regarding dangerous jobs in America. When railroad worker injuries occur, there is a special system that oversees benefits claims and personal injury litigation.