In August 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation withdrew a proposal that would have made it a rule for all train operators to undergo sleep apnea testing. Most people in Connecticut, as elsewhere in the U.S., are probably aware that railway accidents have been on the rise lately, so the DoT's decision seems to be an inexplicable one.
Railroad employers in New York and around the country have had to abide by the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) since its passage in 1908. Those who are hurt on the job have the option of suing their employer in either state or federal court. Workers are also generally protected whether they work directly on a train or not. It is also important to note that those who bring claims must show that a defendant was negligent in causing an injury.
If a railroad worker wants to hold their employer liable under FELA regulations for a workplace injury or violation, they must prove that the injury resulted from a federal workplace safety violation.