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VICTIMS OF DIESEL EXPOSURES

Railroad Employees

For over four decades, railroads have known that diesel exhaust is linked to certain illnesses, including cancer. Despite that knowledge, railroads have often failed to monitor the workplace for diesel exhaust, failed to warn or train their employees about diesel exhaust and failed to provide any sort of protective equipment to their workers.

The railroads’ head in the sand approach to diesel exhaust helped line their pockets with big profits – and left their workers with a grim tab of occupational illnesses.

If injured, railroad employees are entitled to compensation under the Federal Employers Liability Act. The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) is a worker-friendly statute that allows for a financial recovery when the worker can show that his or her injury was caused, even in the slightest, by the negligence of the employer railroad. This means that employees who smoked cigarettes can still recover money against the railroad when juries find that unsafe workplace exposures contributed to the occupational illness.

Count on Our Railroad Cancer Law Firm

If you feel your cancer has been caused by the negligence of the railroad for which you worked, you need to seek proper representation to get the compensation to which you may be entitled. We will give you the benefit of having a railroad cancer attorney who understands the intricacies of your case and can help you determine the best course of action to move forward. The most difficult aspect of seeking compensation is the difficulty in proving the cause of your cancer. Many doctors are ill-informed to make this connection. However, we can help you determine the appropriate steps to get results.

A Railroad CAncer Lawyer Represents You

The railroad has a team of attorneys working on their side so why shouldn’t you? When you turn to our railroad cancer law firm for assistance, we will go over every aspect of your case. This includes what position you held with the railroad, what your current condition is and a variety of other factors that may play a role in the development of your cancer. This can help us gauge the potential success of your case. We understand how stressful this time may be and strive to make it as easy as possible to focus on the care you need without worrying about how you will be able to pay for any of it.

How Railroad Jobs Can Impact Your Health

Many crafts of railroad employees are regularly exposed to diesel exhaust. For example:

  • Locomotive Engineer/Conductor/Brakeman/Fireman:

    Despite a strict liability law prohibiting diesel exhaust from being inside the cabs of locomotives, the cabs of diesel locomotives are often filled with the soot and gas associated with diesel exhaust. On-board employees tell of having to clean soot from the insides of windows, wiping soot off the surfaces throughout the cabs, taping cracks in the floor to prevent entry of diesel exhaust and even going home to their loved ones, stinking of diesel exhaust. The unmistakable odor of diesel exhaust is an unfortunate companion inside many locomotive cabs, especially the older, less efficient locomotives. The environments in some locomotives also includes asbestos dust and second-hand smoke – a literal breeding ground for occupational cancers, pulmonary/breathing problems and even blood disorders like leukemia.

  • Trackman/Section Crew/Equipment Operator:

    The employees who maintain and construct the tracks and yards are exposed to diesel exhaust as well. They often work alongside running locomotives and track equipment. They operate improperly ventilated diesel-powered machines, like ballast regulators or backhoes. Diesel exhaust, combined with other track related exposures like silica dust from the ballast, creosote from the rail ties, asbestos rope for joint operations, welding fumes and herbicides, creates a noxious mixture that often lead to career-ending illnesses for many track department employees.

  • Carman/Mechanic:

    The mechanics and car men who maintain and repair the locomotives and rail cars are also exposed to diesel exhaust. In addition to working on board running locomotives, diesel mechanics often work in improperly ventilated roundhouses and shops where locomotives are left running in closed spaces. Mechanics refill locomotive traction sand which may expose them to silica dust. Employees in the car department perform their inbound and outbound inspections alongside running locomotives which kick off diesel exhaust and other harmful inhalants like ballast dust. The decades-old shops and roundhouses where mechanical and car department employees work were often chock-full of asbestos insulated steam pipes and boilers. Many of today’s retirees likely worked with asbestos-containing brake pads and linings used on both locomotives and rail cars. Locomotive manufacturers have admitted that they continued to install asbestos-containing components on locomotives through the early 1980’s. Some of the old railroad passenger cars were lined entirely with asbestos-containing walls, ceilings and floor tiles. Some shop retirees may have also worked with solvents containing benzene, a chemical known to cause blood-related illnesses like leukemia. The workplace exposures for the men and women who keep the cars and locomotives moving on the railroad are varied, but diesel exhaust remains a major component.

  • Hostler-Loader-Forklift Operators/Gate-Checkers:

    Heavily-trafficked intermodal yards are often filled with diesel exhaust from the many trucks, locomotives, picks, forklifts and hostlers operating throughout the yard. Booth employees checking in diesel trucks are forced to work in the clouds of diesel exhaust left by each truck coming and going from the yard. Air quality sampling has found that heavy equipment operators, including forklift operators, are regularly exposed to high concentrations of diesel exhaust. Studies have found that occupational diesel exhaust exposures can put employees at 10 times the normal risk for illnesses like lung cancer.

FELA Lawyer for Railroad Employees with Occupational Diseases

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