When accidents occur on the railroad they can be very severe. Rail yards are particularly dangerous places. I was saddened to read about the death of a worker who was killed by a train train early Wednesday in Richmond, Virginia, in what authorities are describing as an industrial accident at the CSX Acca Yard.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported on how police responded at 2:56 a.m. to the yard in the 2100 block of Westwood Avenue. Police said a man was hit by and killed by train while at work.
The death is under investigation by CSX Railroad, Henrico Police, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the National Transportation Safety Board.
My thoughts are with those who the worker left behind after this terrible accident. I understand the train was being remotely controlled at the time of the accident. Remote controlled locomotives have been used by the big railroads for a number of years, but they are not as safe as having an alert engineer on a train with his eyes wide open and a horn on hand to warn railroad workers.
Rail yards are dangerous places and the scenes of many fatal and serious accidents. Last September, the media reported on how an industrial accident at the rail yard of the Gerdau Steel Mill in Dinwiddie County, Virginia, severely injured the legs of a railroad worker.
If you are a rail yard worker who was hurt on the job or if you lost a loved one in a rail yard accident, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit under the Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA).
FELA has existed for more than a century to protect the rights and health of railroad workers who suffered an appalling number of injuries and deaths before its enactment.
If you are a railroad employee who has been injured on the job or developed a work-related illness or a family member has lost his or her life on the railroad, please call our experienced FELA attorneys at 866-455-6657 today. Your initial consultation is free of charge and if we represent you there is no fee unless we recover compensation for you.