Working as a train driver can be considered a dangerous vocation. However sometimes accidents do happen and injuries sustained as a train driver can range from minor to severe and can include:
- Slips, trips and falls
- Back Injuries
- Electric shock due to faulty equipment
- Collisions with other trains or vehicles
Train drivers can also be exposed to various toxins and chemicals which have been known to harm your health such as Asbestosis. Symptoms of harmful exposure include:
- Skin reactions
- Lung damage
In the event of any accident at work we always advise you seek medical attention first. Make sure your accident is recorded in the accident book if not at the time of accident then as soon as possible afterwards.
The accident book is very important when making a claim for compensation. Although the compensation is not dependant on an entry in the accident book it will certainly help us to present your case with as much evidence as possible.
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Common causes of accidents for train drivers are:
- Derailments or collisions
- Trips and Slips
- Asbestos related illnesses
- Industrial deafness and vibration white finger
Train collisions and crashes an cause extreme pain physically, mentally and emotionally. If you have been the driver of a train that has collided, you could experience disorders such as PTDS or depression, which can have massively negative impacts on your life. If you are unfortunate enough to gain disorders such as these, you may need therapeutic help and/or medication to help you get back on track. Claiming for compensation will help cover the costs of this, as well as contributing towards the recovery from any injuries you may have obtained.
Another common cause of injury on trains are trips, slips and falls. Any spillages on trains or platforms are a hazardous risk of injury, and can result in anything from minor sprains to broken bones.
Asbestos related illnesses are not uncommon amongst train drivers. This is because in previous years, train drivers and railway workers were exposed to asbestos due to their employer’s negligence. If it is proven that your employer was aware of the asbestos in your work space, but did nothing to protect you from it, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
Damage to your hearing can be caused by working in loud conditions constantly, as train drivers are. This loss of hearing is called industrial deafness, and occurs when your employer has failed to provide you with sufficient protection from loud noise.
If you have been injured in the workplace due to any of the above circumstances, it may be possible for you to make a claim for compensation. This requires adequate evidence that your employer or another colleague is held responsible for your injuries.