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Railroad Chlorinated Solvent Exposure

Posted on March 29th, 2022 by Andrew L. Hughes

For decades, the railroads relied on powerful chlorinated solvents to break down all the grime and grease that accumulates on locomotives and railcars. As a result of their exposures to these solvents, many railroad machinists and car shop workers are […]

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Where Was Asbestos On The Railroad?

Posted on January 18th, 2022 by Andrew L. Hughes

Norfolk Southern Railway (“NS”) recently produced a document from 1984 that is evidence of the railroad industry’s reliance on asbestos-containing products. As context, around the mid-1980’s, Class I railroads like NS were being named in hundreds of lawsuits brought by […]

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Railroad Workers and Parkinson’s Disease

Posted on November 18th, 2021 by Andrew L. Hughes

Railroad workers are at a significantly elevated risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. Why is that? Because railroad workers have historically been exposed to known causes of Parkinson’s disease, including herbicides, chlorinated solvents and welding fumes. The diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease generally occurs […]

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Railroad Workers, Herbicide Exposures, and Parkinson’s Disease

Posted on November 18th, 2021 by Andrew L. Hughes

Recent medical studies provide compelling evidence linking railroad workers’ herbicide exposures to Parkinson’s disease.  The railroads rely on herbicides to control vegetation on mainline tracks, at rail crossings, and inside their rail yards. Most railroads spray their entire system with herbicides at […]

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Kowalewski v. BNSF – Railroad sanctioned for poisoning locomotive engineer and then trying to cover it up

Posted on October 27th, 2021 by Andrew L. Hughes

The Facts: On January 19, 2014, 49-year-old Scott Kowalewski was working as an engineer for BNSF Railway at the Northtown railyard in Minnesota. During the coupling of tank cars that contained casinghead gasoline, the cars vented poisonous fumes where Kowalewski was working. […]

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