Working on California railroads is a dangerous job. There are many ways you could be injured and many types of injuries. That is why safety is so important. Understanding all the safety regulations will help, but it also is beneficial to be aware of what dangers are lurking.
UL EHS Sustainability notes that railroad workers have a fatality rate that is higher than average for other occupations. In addition, injuries are often more severe with employees requiring a longer than average time off work for recovery. Most of the injuries occurring are due to falls, slips and trips. These accidents lead to problems with knees and backs most often. So, be aware of uneven surfaces and always adhere to safety signs and warnings.
However, most injuries were classified as other, which means they were not associated with walkways, machinery or vehicles. Despite the numbers and the possible injuries that can occur on railroads, this industry has done a really good job keeping up with safety regulations and working to keep employees safe.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducts routine inspections and inspections triggered by employee complaints or reports. In 2011, most of OSHA’s inspections were routine, which is a good thing because it means employees feel safe on the job. Most often OSHA found issues with electrical, respiratory, openings in floors and walls and the use of flammable materials as the main risks. This information is intended to be educational in nature and is not to be taken as legal advice.