As a result, American railroad workers offering their everyday grit and hard-won experience are rewarded with illnesses such as lung cancer and leukemia. We fight on their behalf.
Whether you worked in the locomotive shops, car shops, or on board locomotives, you likely experienced regular toxic exposures. For example, industries have identified diesel exhaust as a possible cancer-causing source since the 1950’s. Despite that, workers have been sent into improperly ventilated shops and locomotives with no training, no warnings and no personal protective equipment and been forced to breath in diesel exhaust while becoming caked in diesel soot. These railroad workers endured chronic exposures and recurring symptoms like ear, nose and throat irritations, lightheadedness, headaches, nausea and chest tightness as “part of the job” and they are now left to pay the price. The everyday diesel exposures, the symptoms of which may have only been temporary, lead to more serious illnesses down the line such as lung, throat, stomach, kidney and bladder cancers and many pulmonary problems, like asthma and COPD.