My partner, Richard Shapiro, posted an entire legal brief discussing how important the Safety Appliance Act regulations are to a railroad worker injury case, especially if the case involves a loose or broken handhold or ladder, a problem with the braking system that causes a sudden stoppage or a defect in a wheel handbrake.

He highlights these issues and many others:

  • All ladders and handholds must be secure and have no insufficiency.
  • Manual brakes must work properly and have no improper condition.
  • Air brakes and all brake system parts on the train must work properly.
  • All walkways must be properly constructed, have no oil or slippery substances on them, and there are precise regulations relating to many details.
  • No broken parts or insufficient conditions relating to the train car wheels, trucks, gears and similar components can exist.

When a railroad worker suffers an injury due to any insufficient condition or defect on a train car, or due to faulty brake parts and systems, and that problem leads to railroad worker injury, it constitutes a regulatory violation that creates strict or absolute liability on a railroad employer, leaving the main issue for a jury or judge being full and fair compensation.

To read the entire article on our website library titled "Impact of Safety Appliance Act Regulations on Railroad Worker Injury Cases Under the Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA)" click here.


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