October 2, 2014

CP worker injured after being pinned under train car

ALGONA, Iowa – Officials said on Wednesday (March 5) they won’t be releasing the name of a railroad employee injured when he was pinned under a train car on Tuesday near Algona. Canadian Pacific said it won’t release the worker’s name citing it as an “internal matter.” Read the complete story at the Globe Gazette.

Labor Dept. wants safety reports made public

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The Labor Department wants companies to begin filing all workplace injury and illness reports electronically so they are available for anyone in the public to see. The department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration will announce the plan on Thursday as part of a proposed rule that would dramatically change the way companies file safety records, [...]

Ga. court: Injured conductor can sue railroad

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The case of a Norfolk Southern railroad conductor injured in a Dodge County train accident went all the way to the Georgia State Supreme Court. On Sept. 23, the state’s highest court ruled that William Zeagler could sue the railroad, because he had not been trained properly for collisions. Read the complete story at television [...]

Rail sickness benefits now available online

Rail workers may now file biweekly claims for railroad sickness benefits directly online with the Railroad Retirement Board. The agency said rail workers may now access this online service at www.rrb.gov by clicking on “Benefit Online Services.” The RRB implemented a similar system for unemployment benefits in 2004. First-time users must request a password request [...]

Proving negligence under FELA

FELA Update By Mark Allen Coordinator of UTU Designated Legal Counsel The Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) was enacted by Congress in 1908 to give railroad employees the right, under federal law, to recover damages from their employers for injuries occurring at work. However, generally, there must be proof of negligence on the part of [...]