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Railroad risks that often result in workers' injuries

Whether you have been working on a Connecticut railroad for years or have just recently started a new job, you may find your work both rewarding and challenging. If you're someone who has always loved to travel by train, then earning an income while doing so may, in fact, be your dream job. Railroad work can indeed be an enjoyable way to earn a living; however, it is definitely not without risk.  

Who is liable for railroad worker injuries?

Connecticut railroad employers are obligated to provide proper training and equipment necessary to keep their workers safe. When railroad worker injuries occur on the job, employer negligence is often to blame. A recovering worker in another state believes his employer should be held legally accountable for the injuries he suffered during one of his shifts.

Officials say negligence caused fatal railroad worker injuries

Connecticut railroad workers will be interested to learn that the National Transportation Safety Board has released a report stating that human error is to blame for a tragic railroad accident that occurred last year in another state. Railroad worker injuries proved fatal for two people when a BNSF railway train hit workers who had been clearing  ice and snow from the tracks. A third person who had been working alongside the other two employees survived the incident.

Railroad accidents often prompt safety changes

Nearly one year after a horrific tragedy occurred on a northwest railroad, safety changes have yet to be fully implemented. Officials say they are on target to meet a December deadline, when new technology will be installed along the route to prevent similar railroad accidents from occurring in the future. The 2017 derailment resulted in several fatalities and dozens of people injured. Connecticut railroad workers understand how dangerous train travel can be but should at least be able to expect their employers to fulfill their obligations to help keep them, as well as passengers, as safe as possible.  

Do you qualify for railroad disability benefits?

Any number of situations might occur that would prevent you from being able to work. Perhaps you are suffering from a temporary or chronic illness. Maybe you are expecting a child and have been unable to report to your workplace duties because of morning sickness or other pregnancy-related issues. Railroad disability benefits are available to help Connecticut workers who are unable to work because of injury, illness or other health conditions or situations, such as pregnancy or childbirth.