Common Injuries Railroad Workers Tend to Encounter While on the Job

Common Injuries Railroad Workers Tend to Encounter While on the Job

May 28, 2020 | Defense Base Act, Workplace Injury

You’re doing your job by helping to power the railways when you slip and fall. This results in a head injury which develops into a more serious problem later on.

This is only one occupational injury that railroad workers face every day. If you’re new to the job, don’t let this scare you. If you know what you’re going to be facing you can prepare for it and if your workplace is covered under the Defense Base Act, you may be able to get compensation if something does go wrong.

Keep reading to learn more about common railroad injuries and what causes them.


A lot of occupational injuries lead to disfigurements such as amputation, fractures that didn’t heal all the way, scars, discoloration, and more. Cosmetic surgery to treat such wounds will be expensive and you’ll be out of work for a while during the recovery period. 

That’s where DBA claims come in. You may be able to file a claim to get compensation for your pain and suffering. 


Accidents involving hose ruptures, explosions, electrical malfunctions, and engine fires can result in painful second and third-degree burns. The only way to treat such burns is through skin grafts or maybe even amputation if it’s bad enough. 

Burns is perhaps the worst injury you can experience as a railroad worker. If it happens to you, be sure to get in contact with a DBA lawyer who can help you file a claim. 

Fractures and Broken Bones

There will be slick surfaces at a railroad job site that can cause you to fall and break a bone. Heavy lifting and repetitive movements can also put a strain on your body that will result in fractures. 

In both instances, you’ll be out of work for at least a few weeks or even months to recover. Without getting compensation for the injury, the wage loss will be a heavy hit. 

Head Injuries

Slips and falls can also result in a nasty head injury. Falling tools can also do some damage no matter if you’re wearing a hard hat or not. 

You may suffer from broken teeth, facial scars, and other disfigurements. If the impact is bad enough you could experience a concussion or brain injury as well. 

Back Injuries 

If you suffer from a back injury while on the job, it may lead to chronic pain. If it’s bad enough you may be forced to leave the job permanently. 

You’ll need to go to physical therapy and maybe even get surgery in order to cope with the pain symptoms

Common Injuries Railroad Workers Face Everyday

Railroad workers are faced with the possibility of injuries every day they clock into work. Head injuries, back injuries, broken bones, burns, and disfigurement aren’t out of the realm of possibilities. 

If you are hurt on the job, a defense based lawyer can help you get compensation. Contact us for a free consultation.