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CUMULATIVE TRAUMA ON THE TRACKS

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Cumulative trauma injuries accumulate over time and often result in severe injuries for railroad workers. Railroad workers operate in hostile environments where life-changing accidents are common, but cumulative stress injuries caused by repetitive motion, exposure to toxins, vibrations, loud noises, or sustained positions can be just as debilitating. Cumulative Trauma Explained Cumulative trauma refers to a … Read more

RAILROAD WORKERS AT RISK: ARC FLASH

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Arc flashes are a constant and potentially fatal threat to railroad workers. Arc flashes are concentrated bursts of energy that explode outward from electrical equipment. They are caused by a broad range of incidents including insulation failures and corrosion. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) both recommend standards … Read more

HOW DOES FELA MEASURE UP TO WORKERS’ COMPENSATION?

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The Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA) allows railroad workers to file claims for compensation when injuries are suffered while working on the railroad. FELA predates the workers’ compensation system and provides similar types of coverage for injured workers. However, there are significant differences between the two systems and FELA can be a more complete remedy than … Read more

INSTALLATION OF POSITIVE TRAIN CONTROL TECHNOLOGY

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Railroads are required to install positive train control technology but a report by the FRA shows that while some railroads have made significant progress, many freight and commuter railroads are not on the fast track to safety and have yet to install a single radio tower or equip a single locomotive with PTC technology despite … Read more