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Railroad ordered to pay $2.1 million to former worker

Residents of Connecticut might be interested in the outcome of a wrongful termination suit that was filed against BNSF Railway. The plaintiff, a worker from Montana, was awarded $2.1 million in federal court on November 5 after a jury decided that BNSF had wrongfully terminated his employment after he suffered an on-the-job injury.

Railway worker dies after explosion

Railroad and subway workers in Connecticut and across the country may be concerned to learn about an explosion in Chicago that took the life of one Metra worker and severely injured another. The two men were welding on the railroad on Nov. 3, 2018, in the city's northwest side when a tank of gas stored at a nearby truck exploded. The workers were operating on the Milwaukee District North line during morning repair work at the time of the accident, which happened near the line's Grayland Park station.

Injured railroad worker sues for damages after train hits backhoe

Heavy equipment produces abundant workplace hazards for railroad workers in New York. An accident described by a lawsuit filed by a man who suffered serious injuries while working as a switchman illustrates how a day at work could lead to the hospital. His court filings accuse Toddco Construction LLC and LJA Infrastructure Inc. of negligence after the parties left a backhoe on an active line of track. When his train hit the backhoe, he was crushed between the machines.

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