Family members have reportedly filed a lawsuit after their loved one died from injuries suffered in a work-related rail accident. According to the family’s lawyer, they believe that the company in question did not do enough to create a safe working environment.
The incident involved occurred in April 2016. Two men were on an area of rail tracks in Pennsylvania performing maintenance. They were reportedly struck by a train coming through at approximately 100 mph. The train was an Amtrak train.
Reports note that Amtrak has experienced more than one safety issue within the past few years in the state, and that a number of people have died in accidents and crashes involving the railway company. A lawyer for one of the men who died in the April accident said that investigation indicates a variety of failures with regard to safety occurred leading up to the accident.
One of the issues, says the lawyer, is a potential communication failure between a control tower and individuals who are tasked with keeping tracks from being used when workers are involved in maintenance. The family alleges that Amtrak put its worker at risk by failing to employ a number of safety measures that might have better protected him.
The man’s daughter is filing suit against Amtrak for negligence. Her lawyer notes that 10 people have been killed in Amtrak-related incidents in the past year.
Industrial and other accidents can seriously injure or kill workers. If workers are injured, they might be covered under workers’ compensation and can seek legal help with their claim. If workers are killed, them family members have other legal options, including filing a lawsuit for damages.
Source: Penn Record, “Attorney: ‘significant gaps’ in safety procedures led to Aprilâ??s fatal Amtrak crash,” Jamie Kelly, June 15, 2016