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Upholding the Hours of Service Act

According to the Hours of Service Act, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) must enforce the fact that employees should not be subject to excessive hours. It also grants a provision for the regulation of railroad employee sleeping conditions. The Hours of Service Act actually applies to any employee whose job it is to move commercial goods from state to state within the U.S. the Hours of Service Laws hold that locomotive engineers can technically operate on a train for up to 432 hours per month. This averages to a possibility of working 14 hours a day, 30 days a month. Although this is the monthly maximum, any train employee is allowed to spend up to 12 hours on duty. After 12 consecutive hours of working, they are required to get 10 hours off-duty.

It is common for any employee to get their hours of service abused by employers who ask them to do job-related tasks "off-duty." Any time a railroad worker spends in connection with the train's transportation or any other service performed for the railroad is considered working time. Railroad worker fatigue is also an issue that can commonly come up. With such long hours, railroad workers are operating these machines while on the verge of falling asleep. Because working for the railroad is virtually an around-the-clock occupation, workers can easily fall into the trap of working too many hours. If you were involved in an accident that was caused by overwork, then you may be able to get help from an attorney skilled in railroad law.

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