Railroad companies should take whatever reasonably available safety precautions they can to reduce the possibility of a worker falling into a gap on a train platform. These gaps, which can be particularly wide at poorly designed stations or in stations where platforms haven’t been modified as train size and shape has changed, may be extremely dangerous. Workers who fall into these gaps may sustain injuries from the trip or fall itself and, if the train isn’t stopped immediately, may sustain very severe injuries from a train.
If you’ve been injured because of a wide gap at a train station you were working at, your employer may be held liable for this negligence through the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). To gain a deeper understanding about your legal options after enduring injuries in such a situation, contact a reliable FELA attorney from Hach & Rose, LLP, today at (212) 779-0057.
Dangers from Platform Gaps
Platform gap accidents happen most commonly when a train station isn’t designed to properly accommodate passengers or workers getting on and off the train. The wider the gap between the train and the platform or station is, the greater the risk of an innocent person sustaining a devastating injury. The following safety concerns may lead to injuries:
- Falling injuries, including a high possibility of head injuries
- The risk of injury from the moving train if the locomotive isn’t stopped immediately
- Electrocution or burn risks if the underside of the platform isn’t properly covered
The risk of a worker sustaining these and other types of injuries caused by an insufficient platform or large gap should be minimized by a railroad company. Thus, if the proper precautions aren’t taken to shorten a potentially dangerous gap, the responsible railroad company may be held responsible for the resulting injuries.
As an injured railroad worker, you may be uniquely capable of pursuing full compensation for your employer’s negligence under the protections FELA offers railroad workers. At Hach & Rose, LLP, we aim to give workers, like you, who have been wronged by their employer a fair fight for compensation. To learn more about how we may be able to help you through this process, contact one of our experienced New York platform gaps attorney today by calling (212) 779-0057.