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December 2018 Archives

New system may reduce railroad accidents in Connecticut

Changes in the Connecticut railroad system are supposed to be completed before 2018 ends. Such changes will hopefully help reduce the number of railroad accidents, particularly on passenger trains throughout the state. The Federal Railroad Administration has demanded that the new safety requirements be met by Dec. 31.

Commuter train spokesman suggests way to avoid railroad accidents

Many railroad systems, including some in Connecticut, are constructed in such ways that tracks (and trains) exist and travel in suburban areas. In fact, a commuter system in another state has at least four sets of tracks that carry approximately 150 trains through local neighborhoods on a daily basis. There was recently a tragedy on one set of tracks, and a railroad spokesman says he believes he knows a way to help reduce the potential for similar railroad accidents in the future.

Railroad safety: You can refuse to do work that violates rules

Working on a Connecticut railroad can be a rewarding yet dangerous job. Accident data from recent years shows just how hazardous railroad work can be, including derailments, collisions with motor vehicles at crossings or other mishaps (many of which were preventable) that placed railroad employees in harm's way. The more you know about railroad safety regulations, the better you can protect yourself on the job. 

Railroad worker injuries due to acute or occupational issues

Most Connecticut employers purchase workers' compensation insurance to provide benefits to employees who are injured on the job. Railroad worker injuries, however, do not fall under such plans because all injury matters on the railroad are governed under the Federal Employers Liability Act, which is entirely different from workers' comp insurance. One thing that makes the FELA unique is that it guarantees injured workers the opportunity to file personal injury claims against negligent employers.

Railroad worker injuries prompt litigation in another state

Connecticut railroad workers aren't always riding trains as they carry out the normal course of duty in the workplace. For instance, a man employed as a conductor for Union Pacific Railroad in another state was traveling on a bus that was being transported by the company. An accident occurred that resulted in railroad worker injuries.  

Railroad accidents like this one prompt serious safety questions

Connecticut railroad workers entrust their safety to their employers, co-workers, advanced technological systems and their own instincts. Sadly, railroad accidents involving track workers are often attributed to negligence. Nearly all of these work accidents are preventable.