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List of Railroad Jobs Exposed to Carcinogens

List of Railroad Jobs Exposed to Carcinogens

This is a list of railroad jobs and how people who work with trains could be exposed to cancer-causing chemicals. 

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting train & railroad occupation induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with cancer, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our FELA Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

$7.4 Million Awarded in Railroad Cancer Lawsuit

In September 2016, a jury in Illinois awarded $7.5 million to a railroad worker with cancer who was exposed to cancer-causing chemicals like creosote, lead, and degreasing solvents.

Train Workers Who May Be Exposed to Carcinogens

Railroads employ hundreds of thousands of people in a wide range of jobs. Many of these workers are exposed to carcinogens (cancer-causing chemicals) during their employment. That includes people who work on the train, but also repair, maintenance, or construction.

Types of Carcinogen Exposures in Railroads

The types of exposures vary widely — everything from massive chemical spills to “silent” exposures involving odorless benzene or diesel exhaust. Each case is unique and must be closely evaluated by a lawyer. Here are a few examples:

  • Asbestos: Used as insulation in trains, around boilers or engines, and in plaster, brake pads, clutches, wallboards, and more. It is a carcinogen linked to the lung cancer mesothelioma.
  • Benzene: Odorless chemical vapor that is found in solvents, degreasers, diesel exhaust, gasoline, paint, emissions, chemical spills, cleaners, and more.
  • Creosote: Skin cancer and testicular cancer have been linked to soot and coal tar creosote exposure, often in railroad workers who lay ties, repair tracks, or maintain right-of-way.
  • Diesel Exhaust: Breathing engine fumes is impossible to escape in jobs working on a train, which may be why studies show a 40% increased risk of lung cancer.
  • Other Carcinogens: Toxic chemicals are often transported in trains. Workers who load or unload chemicals, clean up spills, work in rail yards where spills have occurred, breathe fumes from leaking valves, or repair trains can be exposed.

FELA Lawsuits for Railroad Workers

The good news is that all railroad workers (which includes subways, light-rail, freight trains, repair, maintenance, construction, and crew) are eligible to seek compensation for their injuries by filing lawsuits under the Federal Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA).

List of of Railway Job Occupations

  • Agent
  • Boilerman
  • Brakeman
  • Bridge tender
  • Bridge mechanic
  • Carman
  • Conductor
  • Crew
  • Dispatcher
  • Engineer
  • Engine driver
  • Fireman
  • Flagman
  • Gandy dancer
  • Guard
  • Hostler
  • Inspector
  • Length runner
  • Locomotive engineer
  • Lineman
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Platelayer
  • Porter
  • Rail yard engineer
  • Rail bender, bonder, filler, setter, grinder
  • Repair
  • Roadhouse master
  • Road foreman
  • Secondman
  • Section gang
  • Signalman
  • Stationmaster
  • Superintendant
  • Switch operator
  • Ticker collector
  • Tower operator
  • Track inspector
  • Track maintenance
  • Trainman
  • Train master
  • Traquero
  • Yardmaster
  • Yard engineer
  • Yard foreman
  • Welder

Types of Cancer Linked to Railroad Work

  • Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
  • Anaplastic Anemia
  • Bladder cancer
  • Bone cancer / bone marrow
  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
  • Colon cancer
  • Encephalopathy
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Kidney cancer
  • Laryngeal cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Lung cancer
  • Naso-pharyngeal cancer
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Mesothelioma
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
  • Rectal cancer
  • Skin cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Throat cancer
  • And more

Do I have a Railroad Cancer Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting train & railroad occupation induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with cancer, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our FELA Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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