Most of the attorneys practicing railroad personal injury or wrongful death law have heard of the Geneva Convention, which resulted from efforts of the International Labour Office, based in Geneva, Switzerland. However, many railroad attorneys and even consumers in the United States do not realize that the International Labour office (ILO) continues to set industrial safety standards including standards in railroad industrial settings, and is one of the oldest international organizations setting such industry standards, existing since 1919. ( www.ILO.org ). Since 1919, the International Labour Organization states that it “has maintained and developed a system of international labour standards aimed at promoting opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work, in conditions of freedom, equity, security and dignity.” The ILO representatives meet and develop standards called “Conventions” and the most notable is the “Geneva Convention” relating to torture, of course.
My colleague Rick Shapiro has posted a complete article about the ILO’s “Model Codes” that pertain to industries, focusing in the article on the railroad industry and locomotives, cranes and industrial settings in general.
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