The history of the railroad in the United States dates back to the 1800s. Since then, thousands of people, perhaps yourself and maybe even some of your family members included, have earned their livings as linemen, engineers, conductors and other workers on the tracks and in offices behind the scenes. As a current railroad employee, you've likely heard of the Federal Employers Liability Act although you may not realize how critical it is to your protection.
The Connecticut railroad and other railway systems in the nation helped change the face of American commerce and travel. Historical literature is rich with stories of adventure, political debate, corruption and danger in the days when the very first tracks were pounded into the ground. If you enjoy reading about the nation's railroad history, you likely already know that part of that danger came from train robbers and other criminals. Much of it also involved the danger of railroad work itself.
In the early 1900s, there were reportedly high numbers of railroad accidents. If you currently work on a Connecticut railroad, you might say things are quite a bit different now than they were then, or at least were before a particular program was implemented to protect railroad workers who are injured on the job. As a modern-day railroad employee, you've likely heard of FELA; however, many workers know of the program without really understanding what it is, how it came to be and why it exists.
If you work on a Connecticut railroad, you may already be aware that there are enough railroad tracks laid in the United States to encircle the earth -- eight times. Whether you work on a freight train or one that carries daily commuters and other passengers, you know there is always a risk involved when working on or traveling by locomotive. The question is how to keep collision risks as low as possible. It's also important that you know where to seek support if your job causes you injury.
Working on a Connecticut railroad can be a rewarding experience. Many workers enjoy long and happy careers. Perhaps you're among them. You may have loved trains since you were a child and set your sights early upon growing up and working on "real" trains. The toy trains you played with on your living room floor, however, were no doubt much safer than the ones you work on in adulthood.
If you work on a Connecticut railroad and you suffer injury during the normal course of your workplace duties, the workers' compensation process will help you get the benefits to which you are entitled, right? Wrong! Railroad workers find protection under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA), which is the process you would need to follow to report an injury and get the help you need. Swift action is often the key to securing the compensation to which you may be entitled following a railroad accident.
Who doesn't like a little shut-eye in the afternoon? If you've put in a few hours of hard work or driven a long distance, a cat-nap can be just refreshing enough to keep you going strong for the rest of the day. Not many people have the luxury of taking a nap on the job, though.
Over the last 100 years, railroad workers here in Connecticut and across the country have worked around asbestos. Brakes, pipes and boilers are just some of the equipment insulated with asbestos in the railroad industry. Railcars used to be full of the toxic substance to insulate against heat and electrical components.