Main Menu Birbrower & Beldock, P.C.
Call Today 845-450-1233

What types of hazards do railroad workers face?

Railroad workers often have to deal with harsh conditions. Keeping them safe must be a top priority for all employers in the railway industry. While some individuals might think of this as a relatively safe job, it is possible for workers to die or suffer catastrophic injuries when things go awry on the job.

Preliminary data for 2019 published by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics notes that there were nine fatalities and 3,856 injuries of on-duty railroad employees. This is a decline from the 17 deaths and 3,927 injuries in 2018; however, that's a bit misleading because these workers put in fewer hours in 2019 than they did in 2018.

The fatality rate per million employee hours was halved from 2018 when it was .04 to 2019 when it was .02. The injury rate didn't fare as well. The injury rate per million employee hours in 2018 was 9.0, but it rose to 9.2 in 2019.

What types of hazards do railroad workers face?

Three of the primary hazards that these workers face include having to work around high voltage electrical components, being around the moving trains, and getting struck by an object during repairs and construction of the rail systems. Incidents involving locomotives, train cars and railroad components are often very serious. They can cause broken bones, burns, spinal cord injuries, brain damage or death.

Because of the risks that these workers face, the Federal Employers Liability Act was enacted in 1908 in an attempt to provide them with a safer workplace. While it has done some good, there are still improvements that can be made.

What does FELA do for injured workers?

FELA sets strict standards regarding workplace safety for railroad workers. When those conditions aren't provided and a worker suffers injuries, the worker has the option of seeking compensation via a lawsuit. This can include damages for past and future medical care, lost wages and pain, suffering and mental distress.

If the worker succumbs to their injuries, the spouse and children who survive them can seek compensation. If the worker didn't have children and wasn't married, their parents or legal next-of-kin may receive the compensation.

Cases involving FELA are often complex. Injured railroad workers should work with someone familiar with the act to reduce their stress as they navigate through the process. Ultimately, receiving the compensation they're due is the priority for these individuals.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Birbrower & Beldock, P.C. | 151 North Main Street Suite 300 | New City, New York 10956 | Phone: 845-267-4878 | Map & Directions

Westchester Office | 150 White Plains Road Suite 310 | Tarrytown, New York 10591 | 914.686.4878

Orange Office | 55 Main Street | 2nd Floor | Goshen, New York 10924 | 845.360.5449