Protecting Whistleblowers & The Injured

5 common railroad worker injuries

On Behalf of | Dec 19, 2023 | Blog, Railroad Injuries

Railroad workers face many occupational hazards in their day-to-day activities, making them susceptible to various injuries. The Federal Employers’ Liability Act exists to ensure railroads cover the cost of damages workers sustain due to negligence.

The National Safety Council recorded 3,216 injuries to railroad workers in 2021. Understanding the most common injuries to railroad workers can help you decide if you should turn to FELA to get the compensation you deserve.

1. Musculoskeletal strains and sprains

The physically demanding nature of railroad work often leads to musculoskeletal injuries, such as strains and sprains. These injuries frequently result from tasks involving heavy lifting and repetitive motions, putting a strain on the worker’s muscles and joints.

2. Back injuries

Back injuries, including herniated discs, are prevalent among railroad workers. The strenuous lifting, bending and twisting involved in their daily responsibilities contribute to these ailments. Maintaining proper lifting techniques is important, yet the risk of back injuries persists in this physically demanding profession.

3. Traumatic injuries from accidents

Railroad workers are at constant risk of traumatic injuries resulting from accidents involving moving trains or equipment. These incidents can lead to fractures, contusions and other severe injuries. Vigilance, proper training and adherence to safety protocols are important in preventing such accidents.

4. Respiratory issues and hazardous materials

Exposure to hazardous materials is an inherent risk in railroad work, potentially leading to respiratory issues. Workers may encounter substances that pose health risks over time. Adequate training, personal protective equipment and strict safety protocols are important for minimizing these risks.

5. Repetitive motion

Repetitive tasks in railroad work can lead to conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome. The continuous, repetitive motion of certain activities can result in strain and discomfort, affecting the worker’s overall health and performance on the job.

You may qualify for FELA if you sustain any of these injuries due to negligence from your employer.

Train Law

The Rail