Boilers onboard a locomotive should be regularly inspected and maintained as well as utilized according to important safety standards. If a railroad company does not follow through with its obligation to maintain a high degree of safety in the use and maintenance of locomotive boilers, it can seriously endanger any employees working on or near the unsafe trains. In some cases, improper use and care of boilers can result in catastrophic explosion accidents that may severely injure those onboard the affected locomotive.
Common Causes of Boiler Explosions
Boiler malfunctions may be caused by a variety of factors, but frustratingly, they are often the result of preventable mistakes. When locomotive companies fail to perform frequent maintenance and implement the strict safety standards necessary to properly care for a boiler, they can contribute to the following common causes of boiler explosions:
- Improper safety valve inspections, maintenance, updates, and replacements
- Failure to properly train employees on water refilling
- Lack of adequate safety protocol during water refilling
- Failure to repair corroded boiler components
These serious safety failures may be grounds for an injured employee to take legal action against the rail company at fault for the boiler explosion. These lawsuits may be made through the Federal Employers’ Liability Act, which provides injured railroad employees the opportunity to sue for full compensation for their injuries.
If you sustained injuries while on the job due to a boiler explosion caused by your employer’s negligence, we may be able to help you through the process of filing for compensation through the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA). For a free consultation about the next steps you should take, contact an experienced boiler explosions attorney from Hach & Rose, LLP, at (212) 779-0057.