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Randy Appleton

Myelodysplastic Syndrome from Benzene Exposure – Info from FELA Lawyer

Railroad workers – including trainmen, conductors, engineers, switchmen, etc. – are exposed to hazardous chemicals and toxic fumes on a regular basis. Unfortunately, many of the big railroad companies neglected to take the necessary safety precautions to reduce the health […]

Randy Appleton

Awful Roanoke Rapids/Halifax Amtrak Train Wreck Highlights Dangers at Railroad Crossings

An Amtrak train collided with a commercial tractor-trailer in Halifax County, North Carolina (NC)recently. Over 40 people suffered injuries in this horrific collision. The impact was so severe that it caused a portion of the Amtrak train to derail. This […]

Rick Shapiro

Commuter Railroad Assessed Record Fine for Retaliating Against Worker Who Reported an Injury

A major commuter railroad serving Connecticut and the New York City area has been ordered to pay an unfairly disciplined employee nearly $300,000. The ruling, issued on December 16, 2014, by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, includes record […]

Rick Shapiro

Better Protections Needed for Railroad Track Maintenance Workers

Recognizing that railroad maintenance workers require more protection from on-the-job accidents that cause serious injuries and deaths, federal regulators on September 24, 2014, issued a report calling for better supervisory practices and greater coordination of national rules regarding unacceptable workplace […]

Rick Shapiro

One-Person Train Crews Pose too Much Risk to Workers and the Public

A significant victory for public and workplace safety occurred on Sept. 10, 2014, when the lead union representing freight railroad conductors and ground crew members rejected a proposed revised work agreement with Burlington Northern Santa Fe to use one-person crews […]

Randy Appleton

North Carolina Construction Worker Killed by Worksite Machinery

A construction site accident took the life of a 38-year-old Elon man on August 26. The accident happened at Pine View Baptist Church in Wilkes County, North Carolina. Sheriff Chris Shew told reporters that around 10:30 a.m., a cinder block […]

Rick Shapiro

Rail Company Held Responsible for Not Fixing Unsafe Conditions That Led to Employee’s Death

The family of a Union Pacific carman who died from surgical complications after severely breaking his leg in a workplace accident has won an appeal to hold the railroad accountable for failing to fix a longstanding safety risk at one […]

Kevin Duffan

Norfolk Southern Loses Case Before Seventh Circuit Concerning Workplace Retaliation

A railroad trackman working in Illinois was unfortunately forced to experience just how far some railroad companies will go to retaliate against workers who were injured on-the-job.┬áThe worker, Justin Reed, finally had his case heard by the Seventh Circuit Court […]

Randy Appleton

Recent Building Boom In Cellphone Industry Leads To Spike In Workplace Deaths

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal discussed how the current race between cellphone providers to expand their coverage has led to an alarming increase in deaths among workers in the cell tower industry. The rise in fatalities has […]

Randy Appleton

Family of Quebec Train Crash Victim Sues US Companies

The guardian of a young girl whose father was killed in a Quebec train crash in July has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Illinois against several railway and fuel service companies that are related to the wreck. The lawsuit […]