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.
Many Connecticut residents live in neighborhoods that are close to railroad tracks. When railroad accidents occur, it often affects people beyond those directly involved. A couple in another state who are in their 70s were at home together when their whole house shook, accompanied by a loud noise. The man said it sounded like something had actually hit their house, which prompted them to outside to see what was going on.
The sister of a worker who was killed in another state when a train hit him says she plans to tell her mother that funding is set to be provided to install signals at the intersection where her brother died. The tragedy occurred in 2017. Sadly, it was not the first death on that particular section of tracks. At least four other railroad accidents in the same area had similar outcomes. Connecticut railroad workers and many residents are also concerned with safety at railroad crossings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.