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Can a Railroad Accident Be Caused By Faulty Equipment?

There are different types of railroad accidents, and not everyone fully understands what can cause them. Of course, there are those that receive plenty of publicity involving trains derailing or colliding with a vehicle. However, there are other ones involving railroad workers using several pieces of equipment.

What causes railroad worker injuries vary, but there are some situations in which faulty equipment may be to blame. It’s imperative to understand the various ways equipment can be faulty and the injuries that these items can cause.

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Railroad workers are often using various pieces of equipment and tools to maintain railroads, build more tracks, and nearly any other situation. Unfortunately, when there is something wrong with those pieces of equipment, they can cause serious harm.

Some of the problems that can arise include electrical issues, missing guards from danger, and even workers not being provided necessary safety gear by an employer. Regardless of the actual situation, when equipment is faulty, it can create significant harm.

Defective Safety Devices

In some situations, there are devices that are designed to keep workers safe. These are important to have in any workplace and they should be inspected regularly to ensure they are working properly. When the safety device is defective, it’s not protecting the worker from harm like it should.

Similarly, if items, machinery, tools, equipment, or safety devices are not properly inspected, it can create a significant danger to the workers. This can lead to catastrophic injuries and the worker may be able to pursue compensation for his or her losses.

At The Webster Law Firm, we’re well aware of how serious it can be to suffer an injury as a railroad worker. You want to believe that your job is safe and that you’ll be looked out for every step of the way. This doesn’t always happen and you have rights when you are harmed.

Count on our railroad work injury lawyers to advocate on your behalf. Protecting you from the unscrupulous acts of the defendants and helping you pursue the justice and compensation you need is at the top of our priority list.

Call our firm today at (713) 396-5197.

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