Third Parties & Contracted Workers
In addition to railroad employees, many other types of workers come in contact with train tracks every day. Workers installing a cable for a telephone company or constructing a bridge for a highway agency are put at risk for railroad accidents and malfunctions. Unkempt tracks, unsafe rail crossings or negligence on the part of railroad companies and their employees may all contribute to a possible train accident or injury.
Employees who do contract work for railroads may also be at risk for serious injury or fatality. If you are an employee of a contractor who is working for a railroad, the contractor is responsible for providing on-track safety in the same manner that it is provided for employees of the railroad. Contractors are then expected to comply with this rule in the same manner as their host railroads and to train employees on the appropriate railroad safety procedures. The Roadway Worker Protection (RWP) regulations state that it is the responsibility of employers (regardless of whether they are railroads or contractors) to train and supervise all employees on the on-track safety rules at the work site.
A Railroad Injury Attorney Will Protect Your Rights
The RWP regulations do not include workers and employers if they are not engaged by or under contract to a railroad. If you are injured while installing cable for a telephone company or doing highway work for a construction agency, your injury claim will come under the jurisdiction of other Federal agencies. A skilled
railroad accident attorney is invaluable during this time, and can help you file for the right type of claim under the correct legislation. As the victim of a
railway accident, you deserve the best legal representation and the maximum amount of compensation available.
Contact a train accident attorney for knowledgeable legal help if you have been injured while working near a railroad as a contracted employee or third party worker.