Railroad workers can come into contact with a host of materials. Some of these are hazardous materials. While there are specific guidelines for how these must be handled, there’s a chance that the workers who may come into contact with them might not be properly trained if there’s a spill or leak.
Tank cars that locomotives pull are a primary concern when workers are thinking about hazardous chemicals. It’s imperative that companies clearly mark what type of material is in the tanker in case something happens with it. Knowing what’s in a tank car can help the workers who have to deal with a spill or other incident know what to do.
Before filling the tank cars, they must be inspected and any with noticeable defects must be pulled out of service. No tank car that’s pulled out of service should be put back into service until it is repaired and meets the current specifications required for it.
If there is an incident involving a hazardous chemical on the railway, workers must ensure that they have the proper safety equipment if they’re going to be part of the response team. Unfortunately, injuries like burns, respiratory illnesses and even death can come from the improper handling of a hazardous chemical.
Any worker who suffers an injury when they’re working on the railway should ensure that they assert their rights. Working closely with an attorney who’s familiar with these issues is beneficial, so the injured worker can get the medical care and other benefits that they need to help them deal with the situation. Time is of the essence in these cases because there are strict deadlines that apply, so be sure to act quickly.