It might shock some railroad workers to learn that they are not covered by Social Security. Instead, railroad workers receive federal retirement benefits through the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB). While the RRB is similar to Social Security, there are a few key distinctions between the programs. Most importantly, railroad workers fall into two tiers of benefits under the RRB.
Some railroad employees in New Haven and other northeastern cities might have heard that Springfield Terminal Railway Inc. was fined for violating whistleblower laws. The fine is in relation to an accident an employee had at the company's Andover facility.
Connecticut residents may have heard about the railroad accident that took place on Sept. 29 in Norwalk. This was the second time in two and a half months that a collision led to a Metro-North Railroad employee being hospitalized.
Amtrak has been working to improve both its safety record and its customer service. Generally, the trains run on schedule between New York and Washington, D.C., since the company owns those tracks, but in other places, they are often delayed by freight trains.
Workplace injuries can happen in any industry. However, the laws governing compensation are different depending on where you work. While workers’ compensation is a common protection for many employees, it does not apply to federal railroad workers.
When railroad workers in Connecticut and around the country are injured in an on-the-job accident, they are covered by Federal Employers Liability Act rather than a state workers' compensation program. FELA coverage, like workers' compensation, helps injured workers financially while they are unable to earn a paycheck, but railroad workers seeking benefits must satisfy a requirement that workers injured in other sectors do not. Negligence is not generally taken into consideration when workers' compensation claims are evaluated, but it is of crucial importance in FELA claims.