The following is a list of people who work on trains and railways who might be exposed to cancer-causing chemicals on the job.
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Railroad Worker Cancer Lawsuit
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Types of Railway Workers
There are three types of railroads that employ thousand of workers in various occupations. Freight trains carry billions of tons of cargo. Passenger trains transport millions of commuters and travelers. Urban trains include subways, light-rail, and trolleys in cities and suburbs. Some examples of railroad jobs include:
- People Who Work on Trains: Locomotive engineers drive trains between stations. Conductors coordinate activities of the crew, make announcements, check tickets, and oversee the loading and unloading of cargo.
- Yardmasters & Engineers: They do not travel on trains, but coordinate activities in the rail yard. Engineers operate brakes, signals, or switches to keep the train running safely.
- Repair & Maintenance: Yard workers are responsible for fixing trains and maintaining the existing railroad track and right-of-way. They may also work in overhaul facilities where old trains are broken down and refurbished.
- Construction: Railway track layers install railroad turnout ties and tracks. Tracks are installed on ballast deck bridges, loading platforms, load out terminals, and line haul operations. Electricians install signals or switches.
Carcinogen Exposure in Trains & Railroads
Exposure to cancer-causing chemicals varies widely — everything from massive chemical spills after accidents, to “quiet” exposures from odorless fumes like benzene or diesel exhaust. Here are a few examples:
- Asbestos: Asbestos is a carcinogen linked to the lung cancer mesothelioma. It was used as insulation on locomotives and roadhouses. Asbestos is also in cement ties, plaster, wallboards, brake pads, clutches, and more.
- Benzene: Carcinogen found in solvents, degreasers, vapors from gasoline and diesel, paint, industrial emissions, new or old chemical spills in the yard, cleaners, and more.
- Creosote: Exposure to soot and coal tar creosote is associated with colon cancer and skin cancer.
- Diesel Exhaust: Burning diesel fumes produce benzene and other toxic chemicals. Studies show a 40% increased risk of lung cancer in railroad workers in jobs operating trains.
- Other Toxic Chemicals: Trains commonly transport carcinogenic chemicals. Workers can be exposed if they load or unload chemicals, clean up spills after major accidents, breathe fumes from leaking valves, work in a yard where spills have occurred, or repair trains that carried chemicals.
List of Railroad & Train Occupations
- Bridge tender
- Bridge mechanic
- Engine driver
- Gandy dancer
- Length runner
- Locomotive engineer
- Mechanical engineer
- Rail yard engineer
- Rail bender, bonder, filler, setter, grinder
- Roadhouse master
- Road foreman
- Section gang
- Switch operator
- Ticker collector
- Tower operator
- Track inspector
- Track maintenance
- Train master
- Yard engineer
- Yard foreman
Train & Railroad Cancer Risks
- Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia
- Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
- Anaplastic Anemia
- Bladder cancer
- Bone cancer / bone marrow
- Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
- Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
- Colon cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Kidney cancer
- Laryngeal cancer
- Lung cancer
- Naso-pharyngeal cancer
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Multiple Myeloma
- Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
- Rectal cancer
- Skin cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Throat cancer
- And more
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