Working on a Connecticut railroad is often demanding, tiring and dangerous. Railroad worker injuries can occur at any time. Some injuries are the result of sudden, unexpected accidents, while others develop slowly, over time, due to the type of work a particular employee must carry out on a daily basis.
In Connecticut and across the country, working on a railroad is dangerous. Any number of problem issues can arise on any given day that could result in serious railroad worker injuries. If such an incident occurs, it is critical that an injured worker know where to seek emotional, medical, financial and legal support in the weeks and months following the accident.
When accidents happen along Connecticut railroads, the National Transportation Safety Board typically launches investigations. During preliminary investigations, there are often a lot more questions than answers regarding how railroad worker injuries might have occurred and what or who may have caused a particular incident to occur. The name of a man in another state was recently withheld from the media until his family members were notified of his death.
Connecticut railroad workers often find themselves at risk for injury as they carry out their duties in the normal course of a workday. Railroad worker injuries often lead to litigation if an injured worker believes employer negligence was responsible for the incident. Sometimes, the worker may also be deemed partially responsible as was the case with a recent jury verdict in another state.
It is no secret that working on a Connecticut railroad is dangerous. In fact, railroad workers throughout the nation are doubly at risk for fatal injury compared to other workers. When fatalities occur because of employer negligence, family members of decedents may seek financial recovery for their losses in court. Not all railroad worker injuries are fatal, however, so it is equally important that workers who survive their injuries understand where to seek support and how to claim benefits to help them during recovery.
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.
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.
When a Connecticut railroad employee suffers injury on the job, he or she is responsible for reporting the incident to the employer. Unfortunately, some railroad worker injuries lead to contention between workers and employers, as made evident in one man's situation in another state. This man was injured during the normal course of his duties in 2015 and claims that his boss fired him after he reported his injury.
If you or your loved one works on a Connecticut railroad, you likely understand that there are personal injury risks in the workplace. No job, no matter the industry, is 100 percent free of such risk; however, factory work, farming, commercial fishing and railroad jobs are typically more dangerous than others. Railroad worker injuries are often catastrophic, leaving those afflicted with partial or full, permanent disabilities.
The Federal Railroad Administration is investigating a recent tragedy in another state. As most Connecticut railway workers know, railroad worker injuries often occur when equipment malfunctions or people do not do what they are supposed to do to protect worker safety on the job. Regarding the recent incident, there are many unanswered questions as to what may have caused a sudden explosion that resulted in a man's death.