Have you ever gone to work when you’re sick? Maybe you thought you could just get through the day and you had a lot of things that had to be accomplished. Maybe you hoped you’d feel better as the day progressed. In the end, you worked your entire shift while you were feeling a bit under the weather.
One thing to consider about doing this is that people who are sick may be more likely to get injured on the job. For example, someone who is trying to work even though they feel sick and weak may be more likely to suffer from a muscle strain. Someone who is dealing with fatigue as part of their sickness may be more likely to make mistakes or have slower reaction times.
Why does this matter for railroad workers?
This is something that all workers want to keep in mind. If you’re sick and you know that your odds of getting injured are higher, it may be safer and wiser to simply stay home for the day.
Unfortunately, not all railroad workers are going to have that option. Workers were recently asking for paid sick days, but they were denied by the companies they work for. This was about to trigger a rail strike when the government stepped in and said that workers were not allowed to strike because it would have such a negative impact on the nation’s economy. As a result of all of this, rail workers may have to return to the job without any options for paid sick days. They may wind up working while they’re sick and getting injured as a result.
If you find yourself in this position, it’s very important for you to understand all of the legal steps you can take. Railroad injuries or something that must be taken very seriously and the ramifications can be life-changing.