Even though it seems like a transportation mode from yesteryear, America’s railroads are still a vital part of the national economy. They move people, freight, and raw materials from Point A to Point B with efficiency.

However, the railroad industry isn’t one that comes without its dangers. More than 7,800 nonfatal railroad injuries were reported in 2019, with 3,895 of those affecting employees.

There are also reports that a new Amtrak station may be coming to Phoenix (marking a return after the last train’s departure nearly 25 years ago). With this in mind, let’s take a look at some of the most common railroad injuries.

Slips, Trips, and Falls

Slick conditions can arise on the railroads almost out of nowhere. Winter conditions can create slippery rails while a spare part or tool left behind can lead to a serious tripping hazard out of nowhere. Employers have a responsibility to properly train and educate their employees about preventing these issues on the railways, but they often fall short.

Amputations Caused by Railroad Accidents

Just think about the size and scale of a train. Couple that with other necessary maintenance and operating equipment, and employees are just one wrong move away from a severed limb, or worse.

Railroad Burn Injuries

Train engines run extremely hot, and they require high-level knowledge to operate and maintain them safely. Like other gas-burning engines, they can cause severe burns if the employee isn’t fully trained or the railroad doesn’t provide him or her with the proper protective clothing.

Head Injuries

Any number of brain or head injuries can occur on the rails. These accidents can occur on board, stepping off an engine or simply going from car to car or platform to car. These injuries can also lead to ongoing mental issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and more.

Spine, Back, and Neck Injuries

All of that heavy lifting can take a toll. Injuries can come on suddenly or over time with repetitive motion or improper use. These injuries can cause chronic pain and permanent conditions that will last long after a railroad worker retires.


If you’re a railroad worker and have been injured due to the negligence of an employer, know you do not have to navigate the FELA process on your own. The team at Rabb & Rabb, PLLC is here to help. Call (520) 888-6740 to schedule a free consultation.

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