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Railroad accidents especially tragic when workers die

A railroad company in another state is grieving the loss of two of its employees. Connecticut railroad accidents that result in injury or fatality to workers are always tragic as well. On a recent Thursday evening, just shy of 8 p.m., lives were forever changed when a terrible crash occurred.  

Railroad accidents often involve automobiles and crossroads

Most Connecticut railroad work is associated with inherent risk for personal injury. Some railroad duties are no doubt more dangerous than others. Workers who are particularly at risk for injury include those who work directly on locomotives or tracks, such as engineers, conductors or linemen. When railroad accidents occur, automobiles, pedestrians and crossroads are often pertinent factors.     

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.  

Railroad accidents often prompt safety questions

The Connecticut railroad system and all others in the nation are overseen by strict regulations and protocol. Especially regarding railroad accidents, employers and workers must adhere to these regulations when reporting mishaps, injuries or fatalities that occur on the tracks. If railroad administrators fail in their duties to keep their workers safe, they may be subject to personal injury lawsuits under the Federal Employers Liability Act.

Connecticut train yards high risk areas for railroad accidents

Railroad yards in Connecticut and elsewhere are dangerous places. Some track areas are more dangerous than others and are often scenes of railroad accidents. A recent tragedy in another state involved a train that was being maneuvered into a railroad yard and a worker who was on duty there at the time. 

Crash ranks among worst railroad accidents in company's history

Anyone who has ever been involved in a Connecticut train wreck understands how terrifying such situations can be. Railroad accidents often result in serious injuries to passengers or workers and, in worst cases, sometimes end in death. A derailment that occurred in another state in 2013 has been listed as one of the worst train wrecks in the company's history. 

Support for Connecticut workers injured in railroad accidents

If you or your loved one were seriously injured in a railroad accident, what are some of the things you think you would need most in order to recover as fully as possible? Connecticut railroad accidents often result in fatalities, and those who survive may suffer loss of limbs, bone fractures, brain trauma, spinal injuries and more. Many such injuries require emergency surgeries and long-term follow-up care.  

Railroad accidents: Danger increases in populated areas

There are tens of thousands of miles of railroad track interconnected throughout the United States, including numerous rail systems that run through Connecticut. Every time a passenger or freight train runs along a track, workers on board and all others in the vicinity are at risk for injury. Railroad accidents that occur in downtown, populated areas are especially dangerous. 

When overnight track work leads to railroad accidents

Connecticut railroads and others have line workers whose job it is to maintain the tracks. Often, these workers report for duty at night or in other down times when trains are not active on the tracks where they're working. Some assignments, such as one that two workers were recently taking care of in another state, necessitate line workers entering tunnels, which sometimes leads to railroad accidents. In this particular instance, the two workers had no idea that a tragedy was about to occur.  

Behind-the-scene problems may lead to railroad accidents

Connecticut railroad workers, like all railroad employees in the nation, face certain inherent risks every day on the job. Some say there have been things going on behind the scenes of many railroad companies that have not only added to those risks but perhaps have led to an increase in railroad accidents. Two major factors with which railroad worker advocates are concerned are precision railroading and budget cuts.