Railroad workers face many risks on the job. One danger that some people might not think of is burns. There are many situations that can lead to the railroad worker suffering a burn.
While not all of these situations can be avoided, it’s imperative that railway workers have what they need to minimize the risk. Ultimately, employers should provide a safe work environment for their employees.
What types of burns might occur on the railroad?
Thermal burns are possible, especially on the metal tracks. Other areas, such as locomotive engines, might also get hot. Workers who are around hot materials should ensure that they’re provided with the right protective gear so they don’t suffer a burn.
Sunburns are another problem for some railroad workers who are out in the sun all day. Protecting the skin is a primary concern for these workers. Being in the sun also comes with the risk of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Employers should provide them with shaded areas and suitable places to cool off.
Railroad workers are also in conditions that can lead to electrical burns and chemical burns. Personal protective equipment and proper training can help to prevent these types of burns from occurring.
Any railroad worker who suffers a burn should get the medical care they need. The risks of scarring and infection are too great to try to just ignore the burn. Filing a claim under FELA might be in order, but these cases can be complex. Be sure to work with an attorney who understands these claims so you can protect your interests.